School Independent Educational Evaluation
The New England Learning and Development Center focus is on school evaluations and our assessments focus on learning and emotional/behavior issues related to school. Our testing ranges from determining giftedness to identifying a learning disability. We address social-emotional issues such as school related anxiety and depression. We also address school bulling and respect transgender issues. We were founded by a group of parents with very bright children and our approach is to be family oriented.
Independent Educational Evaluation
It is the Parents have the right to request an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) from their public school. An IEE comes into play when the school is evaluating your child for services and for some reason an outside evaluation is needed.
What an IEE? (Independent Educational Evaluation)
An IEE is an independent evaluation of a child with the intent of determining a special education program. This evaluation is performed by professionals outside of the school district. This is the reason why in simple terms an IEE is most often referred to as an "outside evaluation."
Paying for an IEE
The school will usually agree to pay in cases where an outside evaluation is clearly needed, including:
- When the school doesn’t have the staff needed to do the testing that your child needs
- When the school’s evaluation team thinks outside testing is needed
A school can also be forced to pay for the IEE if you don’t agree with the results of a school’s evaluation. A parent has the right ask for what’s called an IEE at public expense. After you ask, the school must pay for an IEE and must notify the parent within 5 days. In most instances, the school agrees to pay for this evaluation.
Our Professionals Who Administer Testing
NELDC staff includes both school psychologists and neuropsychologists. Even though our center is small, we are able to provide very comprehensive evaluations, because our focus is on school related issues with a focus on helping students who learn differently.
Types of Testing
A private evaluation for learning and attention issues involves various types of tests. It also includes a review of your child’s history and a conversation with and observation of your child. It usually involves two main things:
- Intelligence and achievement testing, including information processing, memory and reasoning
- Functional Behavioral Assessments
- Social/Emotional Functioning
What to Expect After Testing
After your child has been tested, our staff will gather and analyze all the information. You’ll sit down with us together to discuss the results and get your questions answered. You’ll receive a written report and you will be given the opportunity to review the report to see if all of your concerns have been addressed. This will summarize all the information gathered and reviewed. It will also list the tests used, show your child’s results and provide more information about your child’s specific issues. A report should include a statement about how those issues affect your child, include a list of strengths and limiting factors and recommendations in order to comprehensively address these limiting factors.
The report can provide information to help you and the school find ways to support your child’s learning. Learn more about your legal rights in the evaluation process by giving us a call today.