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FAQs: Your Child's Reevaluation

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Q: Will my child be re-evaluated?

A: Yes. Under the IDEA, your child must be re-evaluated at least every three years.

The purpose of this re-evaluation is to find out:

  • if your child continues to be a “child with a disability,” as defined within the law, and
  • your child’s educational needs

The re-evaluation is similar to the initial evaluation. It begins by looking at the information already available about your child. More information is collected if this is needed.

If the group decides that additional assessments are needed, you must give your informed written permission before the school system may collect that information. The school system may only go ahead without your informed written permission if they have tried to get your permission and you did not respond.

Q: Can my child be re-evaluated more often than every three years.

A: Yes. Although the law requires that children with disabilities be re-evaluated at least every three years, your child may be re-evaluated more often if you or your child’s teacher(s) request it.

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For information about Reevaluations, read Chapter 17, IDEA - Section 1414: Evaluations, Eligibility, IEPs, and Placement.

For information about IEP Meetings, read Chapter 25, Preparing for Meetings and Chapter 26, Meeting Strategies.

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This article is an excerpt from "Questions Often Asked by Parents about Special Education Services", NICHCY Briefing Paper LG1 (4th Edition), September 1999.

NICHCY Briefing Papers are developed in response to questions and concerns of individuals and organizations that contact the Clearinghouse. NICHCY disseminates other materials and can respond to individual requests for information.

This document was reviewed by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs for consistency with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997, Public Law 105-17, and the final implementing regulations published March 12, 1999.

For further information and assistance, or to receive a NICHCY Publications Catalog, contact:

P. O. Box 1492,
Washington, DC 20013
Phone: 1-800-695-0285 (Voice/TTY) and (202) 884-8200 (Voice/TTY).

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