How to Request a Multi-Factored Evaluation — Part II


II. What if the parent doesn’t agree with the MFE results?
An Independent Evaluation.

Parents have the right to an independent educational evaluation at public expense if they disagree with an evaluation completed by the school district.

– Parents may request one independent educational evaluation in response to each evaluation completed by the district. (If the request for an independent evaluation comes one year or more from the date of completion of the district’s evaluation, the district may seek to complete a reevaluation prior to purchase of an independent educational evaluation.)

– The parent does not need to give reasons for the request.

– The school may not choose the evaluator.

– The school may impose cost controls that do not interfere with the right of an MFE. (Usually you can get a school district to pay for hospital testing.)


If you feel that your student may have an underlying cause that is affecting his ability to learn, you owe it to your child to request a Multi-Factored Evaluation. Download our sample letter template and testing receipt form. Remember, you must make the request in writing.

We suggested hand delivering the letter to the school. Have the person who accepts the letter sign the receipt for the letter. If you cannot hand deliver the letter, mail it certified, requesting a signed receipt. Keep a copy of your letter for your records.

And now you’re all set to request your child’s MFE.

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1 Tier one is scientifically research-based classroom instruction, monitoring of progress, provide interventions with increasing intesity, make important educational decisions based on data. (Vaughn, Scott Bos 2009) Four Tiers include: 1 — classroom instruction, 2 — small group instructions (regular and special education), 3 — targeting individualized interventions, 4 – long-term intensive individualized instruction. (Baker, Scott K., Ph.D. Paulau 2006)

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