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Understanding Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs): A Guide for Parents

Navigating the special education system can be complex, especially when you feel that your child’s needs are not being adequately met by the school’s evaluations. An Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) can be a valuable tool for parents seeking a more comprehensive understanding of their child’s educational needs. At The Hull Firm, we are dedicated to helping parents through the IEE process to ensure their children receive the appropriate services and support.


What is an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)?

An Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) is an evaluation conducted by a qualified examiner who is not employed by the school district responsible for the education of your child. Parents have the right to request an IEE at public expense if they disagree with the results of the school’s evaluation. An IEE provides an objective second opinion and can cover various areas, including psychological assessments, speech and language evaluations, occupational therapy evaluations, and more.


Why Consider an IEE?

  1. Unbiased Perspective: An IEE offers an impartial assessment of your child’s abilities and needs, free from any potential school district biases.

  2. Comprehensive Understanding: It provides a detailed and thorough evaluation, often including different or more in-depth assessments than those conducted by the school.

  3. Advocacy Tool: The results of an IEE can be used to advocate for necessary changes or additions to your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).



Steps to Obtain an IEE

  1. Request in Writing: Submit a written request to the school district stating that you disagree with the school’s evaluation and are requesting an IEE at public expense.

  2. School District Response: The school district must respond to your request, either agreeing to fund the IEE or filing for a due process hearing to show that their evaluation is appropriate.

  3. Choose an Evaluator: If the request is approved, you can select a qualified independent evaluator who meets the school district’s criteria.

  4. Evaluation Process: The independent evaluator will conduct the assessment and provide a comprehensive report of findings and recommendations.


How The Hull Firm Can Assist

At The Hull Firm, our special education attorneys are well-versed in the IEE process and can provide invaluable support to parents. From helping draft the request letter to navigating potential disputes with the school district, we are here to ensure that your child’s educational needs are thoroughly evaluated and appropriately addressed.


If you believe your child would benefit from an Independent Educational Evaluation, don’t navigate this process alone. Contact The Hull Firm today to schedule a consultation with our experienced special education attorneys and advocates in Georgia. We are dedicated to helping you secure the best possible educational outcomes for your child.

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