Sample Advocacy Letters

Sample Letter Requesting an Independent Evaluation

PARENT'S NAME
ADDRESS
CITY, STATE ZIP CODE
TELEPHONE NUMBER

Date

(Name of Special Education Director)
(Name of School District)
(Address of School)

Dear (Name of Special Education Director):

My child, (child's name) (date of birth) attends (school name). I disagree with the results of the school district evaluation of (child's name) on (date) because (reason why you feel the tests were invalid, inadequate or not an accurate measure of your child's performance).

I request an independent evaluation to obtain the valid and reliable information I believe is needed to plan an appropriate educational program for my child. Please send me information on:

- Criteria for qualified examiners;
- Suggested sources and locations;
- Procedures for reimbursement;
and
- Reasonable and expected costs.

I understand that the school must pay for the independent evaluation unless it can prove in a due process hearing that its assessment is appropriate. Please inform me in writing within seven days whether you intend to honor my request or to request a hearing on the issue.

I will forward the results of the evaluation to you since, as I understand it, the results of an independent evaluation must be considered in any future decisions about my child.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

(Your name)
(Your address)
(Your telephone number)

Sample Letter Provided by Family Resource Network, Inc.