If a parent suspects their child has a disability which is impairing the student’s ability to access their education, the parent may make a written request for an evaluation of their student. The written request must contain a statement of consent to evaluate the student. The letter should be sent to the school administration. The school has 15 calendar days, with some exceptions, to propose an assessment plan. The school has 60 calendar days to determine the student’s eligibility and areas of need.

Here is a sample letter which may aid you in requesting an assessment.


Dear Name of Principal or Special Education Administrator:

I am writing to request that my child, Name of Child, be evaluated for special education eligibility and services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

My child has been struggling with identify your areas of concern, using supporting evidence such as academic work samples, teacher communications, report cards, etc.

Name of Teacher and I have been working informally to help Name of Child We have tried Give examples of tactics that have been tried.

I understand that I am giving written consent for my child to be evaluated. Please notify me of your assessment plan and provide any other information you have regarding the evaluation process.

I would be happy to discuss Name of Child with you. During the day I can be reached as Daytime Phone Number.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Your Name


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