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New CT Guidance on Independent Educational Evaluations!

posted Aug 29, 2015, 5:20 PM by Diane Willcutts
Dr. Isabelina Rodrigues, the Chief of the Connecticut Bureau of Special Education, recently issued guidance to districts related to the provision of independent educational evaluations.  She explicitly states that districts may not do further testing in an area not previously assessed prior to granting (or filing for a hearing over) an independent evaluation.  So a district's saying "we do not have to provide an independent neuropsychological evaluation because we never conducted our own neuropsychological evaluation" is not valid!  She also states that, if the district refuses to evaluate, the parent has a right to an independent educational evaluation, requiring that the district either provide the evaluation or to file for a hearing.  Great information to share with districts!  See attached file.

Diane Willcutts,
Aug 29, 2015, 5:20 PM