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3. Authorizes procedures in case of an absence of consent for an initial evaluation.
If the parent of a child for which the agency is proposing to conduct an initial evaluation does not provide consent for an initial evaluation, or the parent fails to respond to a request to provide the consent, the LEA may pursue the initial evaluation of child by utilizing the procedures described in Section 615, except to the extent inconsistent with state law relating to such parental consent. [614(a)(1)(D)(ii)(I)]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. What might be some concerns parents have about the initial evaluation that prompts them to not provide consent or fail to respond to a request for an evaluation?

  2. How might we help parents understand the request for an evaluation?

  3. What might be some long-term implications when a parent chooses or fails to provide consent?

  4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing a LEA to use due process procedures to obtain consent for an initial evaluation?

Application Questions

  1. How might LEAs document a parent’s failure to respond to a request for consent for an evaluation?

  2. How might LEAs decide to initiate due process procedures when a parent refuses or fails to provide consent for an evaluation?

    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

    Role: Special Education Researcher
    Location: Kentucky

    Role: School Psychologist
    Location: Maryland:

    Role: Administrator
    Location: Illinois

    Role: LD Researcher
    Location: Kansas

    Role: Related Services Provider
    Location: Ohio

    Role: Parent Advocate
    Location: Maryland