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Request a Special Education Assessment

The Request for a Special Education Assessment Form (Word)Opens a new browser window.can be used for children who are at least two (2) years of age and seven (7) months of age or older to help parents request an assessment for special educational services for their child from a school.

Parents who have seen their child struggle significantly with speech, learning, and behavior problems for a long standing time are generally knowledgeable about whether their child may need additional educational services. In addition, a professional with knowledge in child development can help determine whether an Individualized Education Plan should be requested for a child by a parent.

These are some suggestions on how to use the form:

  • Parents who have seen their child struggle with speech, learning, and behavior difficulties can help determine the appropriateness for a request for special education services assessment.
  • In addition, a professional with knowledge in child development can help determine whether a special education assessment should be requested for a child by a parent. 
  • A special education assessment can be requested even if a child is not currently enrolled in a school as long as the child is two (2) years and seven (7) months or older.
  • Generally only a parent can request a special education assessment but they can get assistance in requesting one. Using this tool is one way to help support families with their request for a special education assessment.
  • Providers and parents should understand that a response from a school for developmental or learning concerns can be addressed in a number of ways. 
  • Ensure that families understand that the request for a special education assessment is voluntary and they can refuse to sign or submit the form and it will not affect their relationship with your agency or ability to receive services from your agency.
  • Ensure ALL sections of the form are completed thoroughly to help advocate for additional school services and to help the school understand and respond to the request for an assessment.
  • Agency providers should assist families in completing a request for a special education assessment when there are significant developmental or learning concerns that appear to require services beyond those available in an early childhood community programs.
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    Last modified on: 12/16/2009 12:28 PM