If I request an evaluation, doesn't the school have to do it?
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No. The school is only obligated to evaluate a child if they feel there is a substantial impact on the child's learning or behavior. If the school chooses not to evaluate, then they must supply a written response explaining why they refused to evaluate.
For more information on the educational rights process and what to do next if the school denies your written request for an educational evaluation, contact us and read through our bilingual publication, Educational Rights for Children with Attention-Defiicit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A Primer for Parents.
Updated: April, 2012