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Are you aware that according to NJ parental rights in special education (page 8) if you do not agree with the evaluation or reevaluation done by your school district, you are entitled to ask for ONE independent evaluation.   An independent evaluation is an evaluation by a qualified person who is not employed by your school district.   You can request such evaluation if you determine that the evaluation by the district was not performed correctly or was incomplete.   Such evaluations may be requested due to some of the following reasons:

  • The child presents with reading and writing deficits but a literacy assessment was not performed at all or was very limitedly conducted
  • The child was assessed for literacy but his/her language abilities were not adequately assessed 
  • The child is bilingual but the therapist performing the assessment was monolingual and was not trained in assessing/working with bilingual/multicultural children
  • The child is an international adopted child (recently or many years post-adoption) and the evaluator assessing the child is unfamiliar with the considerations in assessing Internationally Adopted Children.
  • Your child presents with social pragmatic language difficulties (or any other complex deficits) but the assessment he received did not target his social language difficulties directly (or at all)
  • The district performed evaluation contains limited amount of information
  • The child did not qualify for intervention services within the school system, due to limited assessment practices (abridged testing), presenting with a number of significant linguistic, critical thinking, and social pragmatic deficits
  • The district performed evaluation was performed using outdated/no longer relevant to the child’s present needs testing instruments
  • The district performed evaluation is  significantly outdated yet therapy goals continue to be based on the outdated assessment
  • The child is making limited gains despite years of therapy services and you would like to get a second opinion from a different clinician
  • The child presents with complex constellation of disabilities (e.g., Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, etc) but the assessment only contains the child’s weaknesses vs. highlighting his/her strengths,  thus affecting targeted functional therapy service provision