An independent educational evaluation (IEE) is an evaluation conducted by a qualified examiner who is not employed by the district responsible for the child’s education. Parents always have the right to obtain an IEE at their own expense.
Parents have the right to an IEE at public expense if they disagree with an evaluation obtained by the district unless the district demonstrates in a due process hearing that its own evaluation of the child was appropriate; or the district demonstrates in a due process hearing that the evaluation obtained by the parents did not meet district criteria.
If a parent requests an IEE at public expense, the district must, without delay:
– Request a due process hearing to show that its evaluation was appropriate; or
– Provide the IEE at public expense.
A district cannot simply ignore a request for an IEE. If a child’s parents request the IEE, the district must provide information about where the parents may obtain an IEE, as well as the district criteria for IEEs. The district should provide this information in a timely manner.
The district may ask for the parent’s reason for objecting to the public evaluation. However, the district may not unreasonably delay either providing the IEE at public expense or filing a due process complaint to request a due process hearing to defend its public evaluation. School districts may limit the cost of the IEEs, so long as the cap does not prevent the parent from obtaining an independent assessment. In addition, parents must be given the opportunity to demonstrate exceptional circumstances that would justify an IEE in excess of the established cap.
In the Clark County School District, a letter requesting an IEE should be written to the Director of Related Services.