An IEE a type of private evaluation related to your child’s needs. It explores the potential need for accommodations or services in the academic environment. It is born out of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and meets the same standards that are required of the school evaluation. IEE’s are requested when the school is evaluating your child, and for some reason, an outside evaluation is needed. Common reasons for an IEE are that you as a parent disagree with the lack of evidence of a disability or believe the disability your child has been diagnosed with is wrong.
Sometimes the school will pay for this evaluation, such as when they do not have the resources to conduct the evaluation or whenever the school district deems it is necessary. Other times, the parents simply choose to obtain a private evaluation on their own. Now, If you disagree with the school district’s evaluation, you can request the IEE at the school district’s expense. The district can decide to grant it or initiate a due process hearing. If you go to a due process hearing, remember the district has the burden of proof and must prove to a hearing officer that the school evaluation was sufficient.
It is important that you are prepared for your due process hearing and, sometimes this means you may need to contact an attorney. It is also important to note that the psychologist conducting the IEE or private evaluation is not working for your child’s school. The evaluation can focus on one issue or cover a comprehensive range of issues.
Past cases have involved:
- Academic accommodations and services
- Specialized Program Placement
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Learning Disabilities
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Psychiatric Disorders (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depression, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder)
- Behavioral Disorders (Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder).
- Genetic disorders (Williams Syndrome, Turner’s Syndrome, Fragile X, Trisomy 13)
To learn more about our approach to the Independent Education Evaluation (IEE), contact our office in Glendora at (626) 709-3494.