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How to Request an Initial Evaluation

Your child is struggling in school and you are concerned there may be a disability impeding their ability to learn. What do you do? First, speak with the child's teacher. Express your concerns and seek their input. Keep in mind that working as a team will help your child, so have a respectful conversation, provide some examples pertinent to your concerns, and take notes. If you feel an evaluation for special education services is needed, write a letter.

Here is a generic outline followed by a more specific example:

Parent Name



Special Education Coordinator




Dear (Administrator Names),

I am the parent of (child), who is in (Teacher’s Name) (grade) at (school name) in the (name of school district). I have expressed some concerns about (child) to his/her (teacher’s name) regarding his/her challenges in (specific areas).