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The information on this page is provided for informational purposes only. It is not to be construed as legal advice or counsel.


If a homeschool parent suspects their child may have a learning disability, they may request a free evaluation through their local public school. Governed by the Individual's with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), all public schools in America are required to provide this Child Find service.

Once the school receives your written request, they are bound by the federal IDEA law to conduct the testing. Should the school decline to conduct an evaluation, they must provide you with a written explanation. You may follow the due-process procedures to appeal the decision.


Walking Through the IEP Process

  1. Submit your request in writing for a Child Find evaluation.
  2. Once the school receives your written request, they must conduct the evaluation within 60 days.
  3. An evaluation is more than a screening conducted by a special education teacher.
  4. An evaluation must be conducted in a manner "most likely to yield accurate information on what the child knows and can do academically, developmentally, and functionally". If a homeschool child has limited English proficiency, then the evaluation must be conducted in the child's native language.
  5. Because an evaluation must include a variety of data on the child, a parent will be asked to provide information about their child, including work samples. The inability to not observe a homeschool child in a traditional classroom is not grounds for refusing an evaluation.
  6. Once the battery of testing is completed, the parent will be called in for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting to discuss the results of the testing.
  7. You may request to receive a copy of the test results and reports prior to or during the IEP meeting.
  8. The IEP team will explain if your child has been found to be eligible for special education services, as defined by IDEA.
  9. Depending upon the state you live in, the special education services may only be accessed if you enroll your child in the public school.


The information on this page is provided for informational purposes only. It is not to be construed as legal advice or counsel.


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