Independent Education Evaluation (IEE) Policy
An independent education evaluation (IEE) is an assessment procedure conducted by a qualified individual who is not employed by the public agency responsible for the education of the student in question. The Public Agency is defined as the school/agency that is responsible for educating the student at the time of the assessment request (where the student was enrolled and in attendance when the assessment was requested). Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) is the Public Agency for students enrolled at Columbia and Frederick campuses and any requests for an IEE would not be conducted by an employee of MSD from either campus.
A parent or guardian has the right to request an independent educational evaluation (IEE) at public expense if the parent disagrees with an evaluation conducted by MSD. An IEE may be an educational, psychological, speech, or other type of assessment used in the diagnosis or assessment of strengths and weaknesses of students with disabilities.
1. The parent/guardian makes a request for an independent educational evaluation (IEE) at public expense if the parent disagrees with an evaluation conducted by MSD. This request can be made at/during an IEP meeting to the IEP chairperson, or the request can be made to the school principal or the Director of IEP Services.
2. MSD will approve or deny the request in writing within 30 days of receiving the request.
3. If approved, MSD will advise the parent/guardian of the process for arranging the evaluation within 30 days of receipt of the approval and include any other required information and instructions.
4. If denied, MSD will file a due process complaint within 30 days of the date of the written denial determination and include any other required information and instructions.
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