Section 1414 (c)

(c) Additional requirements for evaluation and reevaluations

    (1) Review of existing evaluation data

  • As part of an initial evaluation (if appropriate) and as part of any reevaluation under this section, the IEP Team and other qualified professionals, as appropriate, shall—
    • (A) review existing evaluation data on the child, including—
      • (i) evaluations and information provided by the parents of the child;
      • (ii) current classroom-based, local, or State assessments, and classroom-based observations; and
      • (iii) observations by teachers and related services providers; and

    • (B) on the basis of that review, and input from the child’s parents, identify what additional data, if any, are needed to determine—
      • (i) whether the child is a child with a disability as defined in section 1401(3) of this title, and the educational needs of the child, or, in case of a reevaluation of a child, whether the child continues to have such a disability and such educational needs;
      • (ii) the present levels of academic achievement and related developmental needs of the child;
      • (iii) whether the child needs special education and related services, or in the case of a reevaluation of a child, whether the child continues to need special education and related services; and
      • (iv) whether any additions or modifications to the special education and related services are needed to enable the child to meet the measurable annual goals set out in the individualized education program of the child and to participate, as appropriate, in the general education curriculum.

    (2) Source of data

  • The local educational agency shall administer such assessments and other evaluation measures as may be needed to produce the data identified by the IEP Team under paragraph (1)(B).
  • (3) Parental consent

  • Each local educational agency shall obtain informed parental consent, in accordance with subsection (a)(1)(D), prior to conducting any reevaluation of a child with a disability, except that such informed parental consent need not be obtained if the local educational agency can demonstrate that it had taken reasonable measures to obtain such consent and the child’s parent has failed to respond.
  • (4) Requirements if additional data are not needed

  • If the IEP Team and other qualified professionals, as appropriate, determine that no additional data are needed to determine whether the child continues to be a child with a disability and to determine the child’s educational needs, the local educational agency—
    • (A) shall notify the child’s parents of—
      • (i) that determination and the reasons for the determination; and
      • (ii) the right of such parents to request an assessment to determine whether the child continues to be a child with a disability and to determine the child’s educational needs; and

    • (B) shall not be required to conduct such an assessment unless requested to by the child’s parents.

    (5) Evaluations before change in eligibility

      (A) In general

    • Except as provided in subparagraph (B), a local educational agency shall evaluate a child with a disability in accordance with this section before determining that the child is no longer a child with a disability.
    • (B) Exception

        (i) In general

      • The evaluation described in subparagraph (A) shall not be required before the termination of a child’s eligibility under this subchapter due to graduation from secondary school with a regular diploma, or due to exceeding the age eligibility for a free appropriate public education under State law.
      • (ii) Summary of performance

      • For a child whose eligibility under this subchapter terminates under circumstances described in clause (i), a local educational agency shall provide the child with a summary of the child’s academic achievement and functional performance, which shall include recommendations on how to assist the child in meeting the child’s postsecondary goals.
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