Make sure you have proof that you gave this to your school or district office. Ask them to put a time and date/stamp on it, and give you a photocopy after it has been stamped. Also, make sure you put it in a safe place; you may need it in the future.
(Special Education Director)
(School City, State and Zip)
(School Telephone number)
Subject: (child’s name and date of birth)
To whom it may concern:
My/our child (child’s name) is a resident of (name of district). Currently, (child’s name) attends (school, class, program, etc). (child’s name) has (brief description of disability) and qualifies for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA).
Recently my child (Child’s name) had an evaluation through (name of school district) to assess (areas of assessment). After holding an IEP meeting, reviewing the assessments, and listening to the districts interpretation of those results, I am requesting an independent assessment because I/we with the findings of the evaluator.
It is my understanding that my child is entitled to an independent assessment under 20 U.S.C. 1415(b)(1)). Additionally, the Office of Special Education Programs has provided further clarification for the provision of independent assessments in its 2004 letter to Alice Parker.
Please contact me with a list of possible independent evaluators your district typically uses for this type of assessment. I thank you in advance for your assistance and cooperation in (child’s name) education.
(Your city, state and zip)
(Your phone number)
cc: Student's Permanent School File