INDEPENDENT EDUCATIONAL EVALUATION
We conduct independent educational evaluations (IEE). Federal law defines an IEE
broadly as "an evaluation conducted by a qualified examiner who is not employed by the
public agency responsible for the education of the child in question." 34 C.F.R. 300.503.
Thus, an IEE is not limited to evaluating only a child's academic or cognitive skills, but
may include the evaluation of any skill related to the child's educational needs. A parent
has the right to an evaluation that is completed by an unbiased third-party if the parent
disagrees with an evaluation obtained by the public agency. These assessments can be
related to cognitive, academic, emotional, behavioral, social, or communication needs.
Federal regulations require that parents and school personnel act as equal participants in
the development of a child's IEP and that the parents' participation in the IEP process
must be meaningful. In many cases, independent evaluations provide support for the
parents' opinions and requests. Parents are not the only ones to find IEEs valuable.
Sometimes, school districts request IEEs when they lack the personnel or expertise to
conduct a particular type of evaluation. In other instances, a school district may seek an
IEE to assuage parental concerns about the fairness or accuracy of an evaluation.
For more information regarding parental rights or Independent Educational Evaluations,
please contact our office.