Sample Letter: Requesting Evaluation
Your Street Address
Your City and State
Your Phone Number
Reference: Student’s Name
DOB: Student’s date of birth
School: Name of School and enrolled grade
I am writing to you because my child is experiencing difficulties in school.
My child is having difficulties with XXX (provide detailed information on problems, including specifics such as grades, test scores, teacher comments, observations, reports from doctors, etc.)
For these reasons, I believe that it is crucial for CHILD’S NAME to be evaluated. I understand that you will send me an evaluation plan explaining the tests that may be given to my child. Once you receive my approval for the evaluation, would you please let me know when the evaluation will be scheduled?
I would also appreciate any other information you have regarding the evaluation, how eligibility is determined, and the general Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.
If you need more information, please call me at home (your home phone) or at work (your work phone).
Thank you very much for your kind assistance. I look forward to your prompt reply.
Your contact information
From NCLD’s IDEA Parent Guide, Chapter 3: Referral/Request for Evaluation.
Candace Cortiella is Director of The Advocacy Institute, a nonprofit focused on improving the lives of people with disabilities through public policy and other initiatives. The mother of a young adult with learning disabilities, she lives in the Washington, D.C., area.