Illinois State Board of Education : Parent Rights & Process Evaluation & Referral

If you or someone you know(physician, health services, etc) thinks your child may have a disability and needs special education or related services to be involved in and make progress in school, then an evaluation for special education eligibility may be appropriate. As a parent or guardian, you have the right to request that your child’s school conduct an Individual Needs Assessment (INA) and evaluation, if appropriate,  to determine if your child is eligible to receive special education services at any time. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires local public school districts to “identify, locate, and evaluate every child who may have a disability requiring special education services.” This is called “Child Find.” When there is suspicion that a child has a disability, parents and educators have a responsibility and a right to request a full, individual, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary evaluation. To request an evaluation to determine if your child is eligible for special education, you should submit a written request to your child’s school district administrator. If your child is pre-school age and not enrolled in school yet, direct the request to the School District’s Special Education TAS.


Speech Only Referrals 
The rules and regulations governing the process of referring a child for evaluation remains the same for all children. A child ages 3-5 years old may be referred for speech only evaluation process by contacting the resident school district administrator . The school district speech-pathologist will follow-up with a screening and /individual needs assessment meeting to determine if an evaluation is warranted.