Ask! The special education law allows parents, teachers, administrators, or other caregivers to refer a child for a special education evaluation. If you would like to have your child evaluated by the school district, the best way to begin the process is to request an evaluation in writing. You can send your written request to the principal and the special education administrator for your district. It is always best to explain what has prompted you to seek the evaluation, that way the school district has some idea of what type of an evaluation to administer. Common assessments include psychological, educational, speech and language, physical therapy, and occupational therapy evaluations. Once a school district has received your written request, state law requires the district to send a written notice to you within five school days of the district’s receipt of your letter. That notice will ask for your consent to evaluate your child and will provide you with space to express concerns or provide additional information about your child. The school district must receive your signed consent form before it can begin to evaluate your child for eligibility for special education.