After you have given consent, the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) has 60 calendar days to evaluate your child.
What will the initial evaluation include?
The Individualized Education Program (IEP) team will evaluate your child in all areas related to the suspected disability. If your child is in preschool, you will receive a referral packet from the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE), which includes a list of approved evaluation sites. You can choose a site from this list and set up an evaluation. If you need help choosing, you may contact your CPSE or Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC).
- Social History- an interview with you to get information about your child’s development and family history.
- Psycho-Educational- an evaluation that looks at what your child knows and how he or she learns.
- Observation- a study of your child in his or her classroom.
- Physical Examination- a recent exam provided by you to determine vision, hearing, and general health. If you have trouble getting this, we can help you get one at no cost.
- Other evaluations might include:
- Functional Behavior Assessments
- Assistive Technology
- School records
- Teacher assessments
- Interviews to determine vocational skills and interests if your child is 12 or older
An independent evaluation is done by someone who does not work for the NYC DOE.
Independent Evaluations Paid for by You
Although the IEP team will complete the evaluation, you have the right to obtain a private evaluation conducted at your own expense. If you want the IEP team to consider independent evaluations, give them to your child’s school or to the district CSE/CPSE. If your child is eligible for Medicaid, the evaluation may be covered by Medicaid.
Independent Evaluations Paid for by the 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 give this request in writing. The DOE may either agree to pay for an independent evaluation or begin an impartial hearing.
If the NYC 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 an independent evaluation if:
- It is done by qualified evaluators
- The cost of the evaluation is not higher than the maximum rate established by the DOE
- You request reimbursement for the independent evaluation within a reasonable period of 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 will not pay for the evaluation.
If your child's home language is not English, he or she should receive a bilingual evaluation. A bilingual evaluation is conducted in both English and your child’s home language by evaluators 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 NYC DOE will use a bilingual evaluator who works for an agency under contract, a non-DOE independent bilingual evaluator or a monolingual evaluator with an interpreter.