Special Education Evaluations

NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE)

  • Evaluations by the NYCDOE are free and completed within a 90 day SpecialEducation timeline that begins the day a parent or teacher requests a child be evaluated.
  • Evaluator is usually not an expert in a specific disability.
  • Evaluation is not thorough. It is completed in one sitting, often uses old tests and information, and produces a brief report.
  • Report may describe an educational disability (i.e. Speech/Language Impairment) but will not include a diagnosis (i.e. A.D.H.D.).
  • Report will be shared with parents.
  • Recommendations for program, supports, and services will not be listed on the evaluation report. They are made by school-based Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams (including parents) at the IEP meeting.

Independent Evaluations

  • Usually costs between $3,000-$7,500 (paid for by private insurance, Medicaid, or out of pocket by parents), and can take up to 3-6 months from first phone call.
  • Evaluator can be an expert in a specific disability and is often very knowledgeable on how children process information.
  • Evaluation is very thorough, done over multiple sessions, and uses up-to-date tests to produce a report.
  • Report may provide a clear diagnosis, such as dyslexia, ADHD, learning disability, or autism spectrum disorder.
  • Parent owns the report and decides whether or not to share it.
  • Report will include recommendations for specific programs, supports, and services.
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