Independent Education Evaluations
An independent evaluation of a student’s school program is sometimes needed to determine if a school district is providing a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restricted Environment (LRE). This simply means that when there is a question of whether a child’s school program is meeting their unique needs, an Independent Education Evaluation can help to determine if the school program is in the student’s best interest. Moreover, it is to ensure the student has access to a placement that meets their needs without being too restrictive. Special education is a continuum of services and there are best practice methods and multiple ways to meet the needs of any student. We at BBLC can work together with the necessary stakeholders to answer the question of whether a school program is appropriate to the needs of the student. This starts with a record review of documents including school attendance, school and private evaluations, current performance, feedback from teachers and parents and any historical information that helps to inform the evaluation. We conduct a formal observation of the student in their school environment and draft a report detailing our findings and recommendations. We remain available for meetings, testimony and further consultation to ensure the student in question has access to a FAPE.