If you think your child may have a disability, or if they are struggling in school, this is a good time to think about the special education evaluation process. Here are a few first steps to help get started.

Contact your child’s teacher or the Director of Special Education in your school district. Tell them you would like your child to have a special education evaluation.

Put your request in writing (email is ok) and make sure it has a date. Even if you talk with your child’s teacher and agree to have this done, make sure to follow it up with an email or letter and share it with the principal and the school district’s special education department. 

Sign the consent form for the evaluation when they send it to you.

Ask questions! If there’s anything you don’t understand, ask them to clarify it for you.

Learn more about the special education evaluation process