Exceptional Student Education - Understanding the Eligibility Process
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Can the School Refuse to Evaluate Your Child?
- In keeping with IDEA's provisions, a school district may refuse to evaluate a child. However, they must provide written notice to the parents, which explains why the public agency refuses to conduct an initial evaluation and the information that was used as the basis to make that decision.
- A parent may challenge such a refusal by requesting a due process hearing.
Can the School Refuse to Evaluate Your Child? A school can refuse to evaluate your child. However, this is not common practice in most districts. If a school refuses to conduct an initial evaluation on your child, it is important that you request a notice of refusal in writing that explains the school's position regarding its reasons for not conducting the evaluations and information to support their decision.