California Special Education Law

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Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs)

September 19, 2010

Who Picks the IEE Assessor?

If parents disagree with a local educational agency’s (LEA*) evaluation of their child, they have the option of requesting an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) at public expense. However, parents are sometimes faced with the district acting outside the law by offering its own assessment plan to be completed in 60 days, pre-determining the allowable cost of the evaluation, or attempting to restrict the parent’s choice of an evaluator to its preferred list.