After you give 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) with a list of approved evaluation sites. You can choose a site from this list and set up an evaluation. Contact your CPSE or Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) if you need help.
- 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 report of your child's 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 work 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
The IEP team will evaluation your child, but you have the right to get an independent evaluation at your own expense. An evaluation may be covered by Medicaid if your child is eligible. Give the independent evaluation to your child’s school or to the district CSE/CPSE if you want the NYC DOE to use it to understand your child's needs.
Independent Evaluations Paid for by the Department of Education
If you disagree with the IEP team's evaluation and would like the NYC DOE to pay for an independent evaluation, you must make this request in writing. The NYC DOE will either agree to pay for an independent evaluation or begin an impartial hearing.
If the NYC DOE agrees to pays for the evaluation, you must
- choose a qualified evaluator that does not charge higher than the maximum rate; and
- ask for reimbursement within a reasonable period of time
If the impartial hearing officer finds that the evaluation conducted by the IEP team is appropriate, you have the right to obtain and submit an independent evaluation to the IEP team, but the DOE will not pay for the evaluation.
Your child should have a bilingual evaluation if your home language is not English. A bilingual evaluation is done in 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 NYC 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.