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Sample Letter Requesting Educational Evaluation

Sample Letter Requesting Educational Evaluation of Child Diagnosed with ADHD

Instructions:  Use this document as the basis for your letter to your child’s school requesting evaluation for special education services.  All areas in [brackets] should be personalized to your child’s situation. This is also available as a Word Document for easy editing.


[FULL NAME OF CHILD'S SCHOOL]
[FULL ADDRESS]

[DATE]

Dear [INSERT PRINCIPAL'S NAME]:

I am writing to request that my child, [INSERT CHILD'S FULL NAME AND DATE OF BIRTH], be evaluated for special education services and/or accommodations granted under Section 504 or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). I am concerned that [INSERT CHILD'S NAME] is having difficulty and may need special help in order to learn.
 
For the last [NUMBER] years [his/her] classroom teachers have noted that my child has difficulty completing assignments, is experiencing problems with excessive impulsivity and/or is unable to sit still and stay focused. Please note that [INSERT NAME AND CREDENTIALS OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL] has diagnosed my child as having Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). [INSERT NAME OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL] is concerned that [INSERT CHILD'S NAME]'s ADHD is resulting in decreased alertness in the classroom and may be significantly impacting [his/her] school performance, learning, and behavior.

I would like to meet with all those who will be doing the evaluation before my child is tested so that I may share information about [INSERT CHILD'S NAME] with them. I understand that the evaluation is provided at no cost to me. I also understand that I must provide written permission for these tests to be administered and I will be happy to do so once I have received all the appropriate forms and an explanation of the process. I will also expect a copy of the written report generated by each evaluator so that I may review them before the IEP or 504 planning meeting. 

I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience so that we may begin preparations for the evaluation.
 
Sincerely,
 
[INSERT YOUR NAME]
[YOUR ADDRESS]
[YOUR PHONE NUMBER]

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