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Policy: IHBC
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 education evaluations.

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 Ed 1107.

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 designees.

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