IEP Assessments

IEP Assessments



Assessments are used to determine if a child is eligible for special education services and what kind of supports may be helpful in the classroom. If you disagree with the results of a school's assessment of your child, you have the right to an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE). Learn more about this process and the role that thorough and accurate assessments play in your child's education.

What kinds of assessments will my child receive, and who does them?

IEP assessments measure a child’s health, vision, hearing, social-emotional skills, academic performance, communication, and motor abilities. They are typically conducted by a school psychologist, special education teacher, and any additional service providers that are relevant to the student’s disability including speech, occupational, behavioral, vision, audiology, orientation & mobility, assistive technology, AAC, and physical therapists. They must also be administered in the child’s first language or mode of communication so that the assessments accurately reflect their achievement level. To learn more about the main types of assessments and how to know what to ask for, check out this video clip.



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