School District Criteria For Special Education Evaluations
State and Federal special education laws require that the
Lyme School District evaluate children with disabilities who
are in need of special education and related services. The
district evaluates children who are referred according to
special guidelines for special education and reevaluates educationally
disabled children at least once every three years or when
conditions warrant a reevaluation.
The district is committed to ensuring that each child’s
special education or multi-disciplinary team bases its decision
on high quality, reliable and educationally sound special
As a result, the district has established the following list
of criteria for all special education evaluations the district
conducts, obtains or funds. Unique circumstances may justify
deviation from these criteria. If a parent or district staff
member is aware of such unique circumstances, they should
inform the student’s case manager or the district’s
special education director immediately.
1. The evaluation must comply with the relevant provisions of
the State and Federal special education laws, including 34 C.F.R.
§ 300.530—300.536 and N.H. Code of Administrative Rules
2. The evaluation must be conducted within 50 miles of the Lyme
School, by an evaluator whose principal office is located in New
Hampshire or Vermont.
3. The evaluator must hold a valid license from the State of New
Hampshire or Vermont in the field related to the known or suspected
disability. The evaluator must have extensive training and experience
in evaluation in the area(s) of concern and be able to interpret
the instructional implications of the evaluation results. In instances
where no “applicable license” exists, the district
must be satisfied that the evaluator has extensive training and
experience related to the known or suspected disability.
4. The cost of the evaluation shall not exceed the usual and customary
rate, which in most circumstances shall not exceed $1250.
5. The school district will not pay for the evaluation until it
receives the evaluator’s report.
6. The evaluator must review relevant educational records.
7. Unless otherwise determined by the members of the child’s
IEP team, the evaluator must either: a) observe the child in one
or more educational settings; or b) make at least one contact
with the child’s general education teacher for the purpose
of determining how the student is progressing in the general curriculum.
In addition, evaluators are encouraged to make additional contacts
with other involved general and special education teachers and
related service providers.
8. The evaluator must be permitted to directly communicate and
share information with members of the IEP team, the district’s
special education director, and the director’s designees.
The evaluator must also release the assessments and results, including
any parent and teacher questionnaires, to members of the IEP team,
the district’s special education director, and the director’s
9. The district shall be entitled to inspect and obtain copies
of the evaluator’s records, including any records created
by third parties. However, those records will not be deemed accessible
to any school district personnel other than the evaluator, unless
and until the district exercises its right to inspect or obtain
copies of those records from the evaluator.
Reviewed: November 23, 2004
Adopted: January 27, 2005