Ok, so here we go. I used to have IEP reevaluation information in my post about IEP evaluations. But, I’ve since decided that IEP re-evaluations are worthy of their own post. Initial evaluations are sort of their own beast, since that is what gets the IEP process started.
But, with re-evaluations, parents have some perspective under their belt. You’ve been able to assess and try a few things over the course of a few years. Unless you had phenomenal initial IEP evaluations, your re-evaluation period is your chance to do much better for your child.
Also, if anyone cares, I know that sometimes I say reevaluation and sometimes re-evaluation. That is because parents search for both terms.
You can find more posts about IEP evaluations here:
- IEE Independent Education Evaluations
- IEP Re-Evaluations
- How to Request IEP Evaluations
- How to Understand your Child’s IEP Assessments
- IEE Independent Evaluations
- Can the school deny IEP evaluations?
When does a child get reevaluated for their IEP?
After the initial evaluation, your child should be re-evaluated every 3 years. PA says every 2 years for students with an intellectual disability. Other states may have different guidelines but generally, expect every 3 years.
IDEA does not define a timeline for re-evaluations. It is assumed that it will be done prior to a renewed IEP. If you are nearing that 3-year mark and your IEP meeting should be held in 90-120 days, I’d start asking about it. No harm in sending an email with your re-evaluation concerns.
Can I request more/different IEP evaluations before the reevaluation period?
You can request IEP evals any time, but the school can say no. Some reasons for requesting evaluations outside of the standard time frame are:
- period of extreme growth or regression, plateauing
- change in behaviors
- medical status changed
- whenever parent/teacher feels there is an area of need that is not being addressed or incorrectly addressed
- any time parent/teacher reviews the Present Levels section and realizes that is no longer accurate for this student
IEP Re-Evaluations Checklist
You can download and print this IEP special education re-evaluation checklist. It will help make sure that every area of disability has been considered.
Can I refuse the IEP re-evaluation?
I’m finding more parents lately who want to refuse the re-evaluations. Their fear is that the team will find the child ineligible to continue an IEP. I understand the concern, but this is the wrong way to approach this.
And, the school can just pursue something called “consent override” in which they can do the evals without your consent. If the child has an existing IEP in place, the school has a very good case to do the re-evaluations.
The better option is to participate in the process. Add your IEP Parent Concerns, areas of need that you see that are not previously identified and so on.
(c) Parental consent for reevaluations.
(1) Subject to paragraph (c)(2) of this section, each public agency—
(i) Must obtain informed parental consent, in accordance with §300.300(a)(1), prior to conducting any reevaluation of a child with a disability.Do you know what your IEP rights are?
(ii) If the parent refuses to consent to the reevaluation, the public agency may, but is not required to, pursue the reevaluation by using the consent override procedures described in paragraph (a)(3) of this section.
(iii) The public agency does not violate its obligation under §300.111 and §§300.301 through 300.311 if it declines to pursue the evaluation or reevaluation.
IEP Reevaluation Process
What happens during IEP re-evaluations?
First, you should receive another Permission to Evaluate form, so that the school can begin evaluating. You should be keeping your own notes and data so that the child is evaluated in all areas of suspected disability.
Almost 3 years have passed since the last evals, so you want to make this set of evals as meaningful as possible. Chances are, academic and social demands have changed. That can mean that new issues rise to the surface.
Here is a checklist to use as a guide as to what to ask for.
Once the school receives that form, they will begin evaluating your child.
You want to make sure that you have the baseline data from the original evaluations. You want to be able to compare apples to apples.
Review of Existing Data
Sometimes schools want to do a “review of existing data” to compile the report. I would never agree to this as the only portion of the re-evaluation.
All this does is look at the IEP assessments that have already been done and put them in a new report. As a professional advocate, I don’t usually recommend this. Kids can grow and change a lot in 3 years.
IEP Re-Evaluation Meeting
The initial IEP evaluations are compiled into a report called the ER or Evaluation Report. Every report thereafter is called RR for Reevaluation Report.
You likely will not have a separate meeting.
It will be rolled into the IEP meeting, as this is what IDEA suggests.
(5) Consolidation of IEP Team meetings. To the extent possible, the public agency must encourage the consolidation of reevaluation meetings for the child and other IEP Team meetings for the child.
Special Education Re-evaluations
Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Individualized Education Program (IEP) special education re-evaluations:
- What is an IEP special education re-evaluation? An IEP special education re-evaluation is a process where the educational needs of a student receiving special education services are reassessed. It involves gathering information, conducting assessments, and reviewing the student’s progress to determine if changes or updates are needed to their IEP.
- Why is a re-evaluation necessary? Re-evaluations are necessary to ensure that a student’s IEP remains appropriate and effective. As a student grows and develops, their educational needs may change, requiring adjustments to their services, goals, or accommodations. Re-evaluations help to ensure that the IEP continues to address the student’s unique learning needs.
- How often should a re-evaluation occur? The frequency of re-evaluations varies depending on state or district policies, as well as the individual needs of the student. Typically, re-evaluations are conducted at least every three years. However, a re-evaluation can also be triggered if there are significant changes in the student’s academic performance or if the IEP team, which includes parents or guardians, determines it is necessary.
- How long does the school have to do the IEP re-evaluations? Actually, IDEA does not define this. And here’s why. It is assumed that the special education reevaluations will be completed prior to the next IEP annual meeting. The annual IEP meeting date creates a deadline for the re-evaluations.
- Who is involved in the re-evaluation process? The re-evaluation process involves various individuals, including the student’s parents or guardians, special education teachers, general education teachers, school administrators, and relevant specialists such as psychologists, therapists, or diagnosticians. The IEP team collaboratively reviews assessment results, discusses the student’s progress, and determines any necessary updates to the IEP.
- What happens during a re-evaluation? During a re-evaluation, the student’s progress is reviewed, and assessments may be conducted to gather current data about their strengths, challenges, and learning needs. The IEP team will analyze this information, discuss the student’s present levels of performance, and determine if changes should be made to the goals, services, accommodations, or placement outlined in the IEP.
- Can parents request a re-evaluation? Yes, parents have the right to request a re-evaluation of their child’s IEP if they believe it is necessary. If a parent believes their child’s needs have changed or if they have concerns about the appropriateness of the current services or goals, they can communicate their request to the school’s special education department or the IEP team.
- Can a student’s services be changed during a re-evaluation? Yes, the re-evaluation process may result in changes to a student’s services. If the IEP team determines that the current services or goals are no longer appropriate or effective, they may make adjustments based on the updated assessment results and the student’s current needs.
- What if parents disagree with the re-evaluation results or proposed changes? If parents disagree with the re-evaluation results or proposed changes to the IEP, they have the right to voice their concerns and request further discussions with the IEP team or an IEE. Parents can provide additional information, seek independent evaluations, or request a formal dispute resolution process such as mediation or due process hearings.
It’s important to note that specific regulations and procedures may vary depending on the educational jurisdiction, so it’s always advisable to consult your local education authorities or professionals for accurate and up-to-date information.