Assessment Requests: Guides & Sample Letters

Requesting a Special Education Assessment

Special education assessments can help determine whether a child has an education disability and whether they are in need of special education services. Through special education a child may be eligible to receive an Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) that is specifically designed to meet their unique needs based on their disability.
  • Poor grades
  • Poor attendance
  • Low test scores
  • Problems with memory, concentration or attention
  • Behavior problems
  • Social or emotional problems
  • Speech and language problems
An IEP is a written education program developed by the school district, teachers, and the education rights holder (“ERH”). IEPs include how the child is currently doing and what everyone involved will do for the next school year to improve the child’s education outcomes.

Requesting a Special Education Assessment for a Preschooler

Children with special needs are potentially eligible for special education services through their local school district at age three, even if they are not attending a preschool program. If your child received early intervention services from your local regional center, your child’s service coordinator should refer her to the local school district.
Special education assessments can help determine whether a child has an education disability and whether they are in need of special education services. Through special education a child may be eligible to receive an Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) that is specifically designed to meet their unique needs based on their disability.
  • Delay in reaching developmental milestones
  • Social or emotional problems
  • Speech and language problems
  • Fine or Gross Motor problems
An IEP is a written education program developed by the school district, teachers, and the education rights holder (“ERH”). IEPs include how the child is currently doing and what everyone involved will do for the next school year to improve the child’s education outcomes.

Requesting an Assessment for Early Start Referral

Early Start assessments can help determine whether a child has a developmental delay and whether they are in need of early intervention services. Through Early Start, a child may be eligible to receive an Individualized Family Service Plan (“IFSP”) that is specifically designed to meet their unique needs and the concerns of the family
  • Fine Motor or Gross Motor delays
  • Cognitive delays
  • Self-Help or Adaptive delays
  • Social-Emotional concerns
  • Communication delays
  • Formal diagnosis (e.g. cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome)
An IFSP is a written service plan developed by the regional center service coordinator, early intervention service providers/evaluators/assessors and the education rights holder (“ERH”). IFSPs include the child’s current strengths and weaknesses and the supportive services necessary to improve the child’s developmental outcomes.