Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)
Do you disagree with the school’s recent special education (i.e., Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team [MET]) evaluation?
If so, federal and state regulations state unequivocally that parents/guardians of a child with a disability have the right to obtain an independent educational evaluation (IEE) paid for at public expense (i.e., no cost to you). This allows your child to be evaluated by an independent licensed psychologist (and in the case of Dr. Andersen, also a state and nationally certified school psychologist) that is not employed by the school district.
IEEs have the value of providing parents with added authority at the IEP meeting. In many cases, IEEs can provide support for the parents’ opinions and requests. IEEs can help ensure that a program is individualized and provides a “check” on the judgments being made by school officials regarding the child.
For school districts:
IEEs can be of particular value when the district lacks the personnel or expertise to conduct a particular type of evaluation (e.g., complex medical conditions, neuropsychological functioning, vocational assessment, etc.). Moreover, school districts may seek an IEE to mitigate parental concerns about the fairness or accuracy of an evaluation.
What is included in an IEE?
It depends on the case. Under law, (20 U.S.C. § 1414(b)(3)(B) the assessment must occur in all areas of suspected disability. This may be in the same areas as assessed by the school or if the school’s evaluation did not address other concerns raised by the parents, the parents have the right to insist on a comprehensive evaluation in all areas of concern. General domains that may be assess include general intelligence, academics, social/emotional, adaptive behavior, vocational/occupational/transition, functional behavior assessment, and autism.
Who can conduct IEEs?
Parents can request an IEE at the district’s expense by a qualified person who is not an employee of the district. Sometimes school districts have a list of evaluators who can perform IEEs; however, IEEs can be performed by someone who is not on the district’s list provided the examiner’s qualifications are the same as the criteria the public agency uses. Since Dr. Andersen is a state and nationally certified school psychologist (and a Licensed Psychologist), his qualifications will exceed the criteria the public agency uses in the majority of cases. Dr. Andersen also maintains a current fingerprint clearance card (IV) and all of Dr. Andersen’s credentials and IVP card can be readily produced upon request.
Do you need help need assistance with requesting or navigating an IEE?
If so, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Andersen (602.699.4543). He can help navigate special education law and advocate on your behalf.