Information on how to obtain an IEP in Ohio
Ask your school to evaluate your child
Put your request for evaluation in writing. If you think that your child has a
disability and needs special education, you should ask your school to evaluate
your child's need for special education services. This request should be in writing
and should include your consent for evaluation. Sending a letter will document
your request for evaluation of your child and will establish a time line for services
to begin should your child be eligible. The letter should be sent in a way that you
will have proof of its receipt by the district, for example, sending it by certified
mail, or via email. Keep a copy of the letter and receipt. The following is a sample
Date (include month, day, and year)
Name of Your Child's Special Education Coordinator
Name of School District
City, State, Zip Code
Dear (name of Special Education Coordinator),
I am writing to request an initial evaluation for my child (child's name). I am
requesting this evaluation because (state what you suspect as your child's
disability and describe the problems your child is having in school).
We have tried the following to help (child's name): (If you or the school have
done anything extra to help your child, briefly state it here).
This letter serves as my request and consent for a multi-factored evaluation of
my child. Please provide me the name and telephone number of the person who
will be forwarded this letter and who will be coordinating the initial evaluation.
You can send me information or call me during the day at (daytime telephone
I look forward to hearing from you within five school days of the date you receive
this letter. Thank you for your help.
City, State, Zip Code
Daytime telephone number
cc: specialists or other staff
Provide any supporting documentation. You should share any assessments,
evaluations, or other information that you have which supports your child's need
for special education services. Examples of information which may support your
request for services include: I.Q. tests, psychological evaluations, evaluations of
therapy needs (physical, occupational, and speech therapy), communication
evaluations, vision and hearing assessments, and medical evaluations.
Disability Rights Ohio - Special Education: How do I get my school-aged child evaluated for services
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