Special education evaluations for home-schooled or private-school students
In response to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004), Minnesota School Districts must demonstrate that “all children with disabilities, attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located and evaluated.” This responsibility extends to children with disabilities are are educated at home or in non-public schools.
Upon request, your local public school will provide information to concerned parent on specific disabilities including information about the educational or behavioral characteristics of each disability. Parents who believe their child may indeed have a disability may request information on how to arrange for an evaluation through the district's special education staff.
Parents of students who are evaluated and are found to be eligible for special education services will become part of a team which will develop, implement, and monitor the effectiveness of a Service Plan to meet the individual needs of their children.
If your child is homeschooled and you have questions, or would like to receive information about specific disabilities or an evaluation, contact the principal of the school your child would be attending if he/she was enrolled in your resident district public school and was not being educated in your home.
If your child is being educated in a private school and you have questions or would like to receive information about specific disabilities or an evaluation, contact the principal of the school.