Once the Department of Education (DOE) has received your consent, it has 60 calendar days to evaluate your child.
What Are Your Next Steps?
- You will also be asked to provide the school or District Committee on Special Education (CSE) or Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) with a copy of a recent physical examination of your child. If you have trouble obtaining one, the school or district CSE/CPSE will help you get one, at no cost to you.
- If your child is in preschool, you will receive a referral packet from the CPSE, which includes a list of approved evaluators from which you can choose a site and set up an evaluation. If you need help choosing an evaluation site, you may contact your CPSE or Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC). Contact information for all ECDCs can be found at the bottom of this page.
What Will the Initial Evaluation Include?
- A social history of your child’s developmental and family history
- A comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation that looks at what your child knows and how he or she learns
- An observation of your child in the current educational setting
- Other tests might include:
- Functional Behavior Assessments
- Assistive technology
- A review of school records
- Teacher assessments
- For students who are 12 or older: Parent and student interviews to determine vocational skills and interest
An independent evaluation is done by someone who does not work for the DOE.
Independent Evaluations Paid for by Parent
Although the DOE will complete the evaluation, you have the right to provide the IEP team with private evaluations conducted at your own expense.
If your child is eligible for Medicaid, these evaluations may be covered by Medicaid.
If you want the IEP team to consider independent evaluations, give them to your child’s school or to the district CSE/CPSE.
Independent Evaluations Paid for by Department of Education
If you disagree with the IEP team's evaluation and would like the DOE to pay for an independent evaluation, you must notify the IEP team at the school or district CSE/CPSE of this request in writing. The DOE may either agree to pay for an independent evaluation or begin an Impartial Hearing.
If the DOE pays for the evaluation, you must choose an independent evaluator that meets certain criteria and provide the IEP team with the results. The DOE will pay for independent evaluations only if:
- They are done by qualified individuals
- The cost of the evaluation does not exceed the maximum rate established by the DOE
- You request reimbursement for the independent evaluation(s) within a reasonable time
If the Impartial Hearing Officer finds that the evaluation conducted by the DOE is appropriate, you have the right to obtain and submit a private evaluation to the IEP team, but the DOE does not pay for the evaluation.
If your child's home/native language is not English, you child should receive a bilingual evaluation. A bilingual evaluation is conducted in both English and your child’s home/native language by professionals who understand both languages.
If you child is in preschool, languages (other than English) will be identified by an agency on the evaluation site list in the referral packet. Contact your CPSE or ECDC for help finding an agency that can do a bilingual evaluation.
If your child is school-age, your child will be given a bilingual evaluation based on:
- The language you use in your home, as indicated on the Home Language Identification Survey
- Results of the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL) or the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT)
- A DOE bilingual evaluator will be assigned. If a bilingual evaluator is not available, the DOE will use a bilingual evaluator who works for an agency under contract to the DOE, a non-DOE independent bilingual evaluator or a monolingual evaluator with an interpreter to conduct the evaluation.