What Is Private Evaluations & Independent Educational Evaluation


An evaluation can help you learn more about your child’s needs. When the evaluation takes place outside of school, it’s called an “outside” or “private” evaluation. Sometimes a school will pay for a private evaluation—that’s when you’ll hear the term “independent educational evaluation (IEE).” Knowing about private evaluations and IEEs can help you make good choices about your child’s education. Check for Educational Evaluations in US at UT Evaluators

Private Evaluation

A private evaluation is an evaluation by a professional not working for your child’s school.

As a parent, you have complete control over a private evaluation. You can choose which type of testing to have done. You can also choose the person who does the testing. The evaluation can be comprehensive or just focused on a single issue.

You can have a private evaluation done at any time. The school doesn’t have to agree that it’s necessary, and the testing doesn’t automatically become part of your child’s school record. You don’t even have to tell the school. The drawback is that a private evaluation can be very expensive, sometimes thousands of dollars.

Independent Educational Evaluation

An IEE is a kind of private evaluation. The term comes from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. An IEE comes into play when the school is evaluating your child for services and for some reason an outside evaluation is needed.

As a parent, you always have the right to pay for an IEE and share it with the school. The school must consider the IEE, although it doesn’t have to accept its results or recommendations. The IEE becomes part of your child’s educational record. For Educational Evaluations in US visit here

Paying for an IEE

Parents usually pay for an IEE or private testing. But sometimes the school may agree or be forced to pay. The school will usually agree to pay in cases where an outside evaluation is clearly needed, including:

A. When the school doesn’t have the staff needed to do the testing that your child needs

B. When the school’s evaluation team thinks outside testing is needed

A school may also be forced to pay for an IEE. If you don’t agree with the results of a school’s evaluation, you have the right ask for what’s called an IEE at public expense.

After you ask, the school must pay for an IEE unless it starts a due process hearing. During the hearing, the school must show that the evaluation it conducted was right for your child. If it can’t do that, it will have to pay for the IEE.