1. Add a provision regarding initiation of a request for initial evaluation.

Consistent with the consent requirements in 34 CFR 300.300, either a parent of a child or a public agency may initiate a request for an initial evaluation to determine if the child is a child with a disability.
[34 CFR 300.301(b)] [20 U.S.C. 1414(a)(1)(B)]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. How are parents and teachers in your school informed about this provision, including the impact of procedural safeguards?

  2. How does your district/school respond to a parental request for an initial evaluation?

  3. In what ways might this provision promote the achievement of students?

  4. What types of academic issues or behaviors might cause schools, public agencies or parents to request an evaluation?

  5. Basically, the definition of “public agency” is any political subdivision of the state (including the SEA, LEAs, ESAs, nonprofit public charter school) that is responsible for providing education to children with disabilities. Given this definition, name some of the local agencies that may contact your district to initiate an initial evaluation for a child?

Application Questions

  1. What is the procedure in your district/school for a parent or a public agency to request an initial evaluation?

  2. How might we help parents, public agencies, and teachers to better understand the process of an initial evaluation and other options that might be employed to help their students?

    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

    Role: Teacher
    Location: West Virginia

    Role: Service Provider
    Location: Maryland

    Role: Administrator
    Location: Georgia

    Role: Family
    Location: Georgia

    Role: Teacher
    Location: Colorado

    Role: Higher Education
    Location: Indiana

    Role: Administrator
    Location: California

    Role: Teacher
    Location: Florida

    Role: Service Provider
    Location: Kentucky