Independent Education Evaluation Procedure

The Loyalsock Township School District supports the procedures as they relate to Independent Educational Evaluation as outlined in paragraph 300.502 of the Federal Regulations.  The procedure for obtaining an Independent Educational Evaluation is as follows:

When a parent requests an Independent Educational Evaluation the following steps will be taken:

When the District approves the request for an evaluation at “public expense” immediately, but no later than five days, the district will:

  • Provide written correspondence documenting its intent to pay for an Independent Educational Evaluation. Additionally, the district will request that the parent provide written documentation as to why they are requesting such an evaluation. This request will in no way prevent the evaluation from continuing.
  • Provide list of Certified School Psychologists who are not employed by the Loyalsock Township School District.

Once the Independent Education Evaluation is completed, the district will review the new information and determine if it meets the district’s criteria. If the Independent Education Evaluation (IEE) meets the criteria, the information will be utilized in developing an appropriate program for the student in question (An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting will be scheduled.)

When the District disapproves the request for an evaluation at “public expense” immediately, but no later than five days, the district will:

  • Provide written correspondence documenting its intent to initiate a hearing to show that the District evaluation is appropriate.  Additionally, the district will request that the parent provide written documentation as to why they want such an evaluation.  This request will in no way postpone the scheduling of a hearing.

If the decision of the hearing officer is that the district’s evaluation is appropriate then the district will schedule an IEP meeting to develop an appropriate program. If the hearing officer does not support the District’s evaluation then the district will proceed to provide the parents with a list of certified school psychologists who can provide an evaluation at public expense.

Once the Independent Education Evaluation is completed and it meets the district’s criteria, the results will be utilized in developing an appropriate program. An IEP meeting will be scheduled to develop a program based on the recommendations from the evaluation.