My student is having difficulty in school; can I have my child tested to get a better sense of their ability level?

A special education evaluation may not be the appropriate immediate course of action to take. All schools within the Lee’s Summit School District provide an opportunity for additional assistance to students. Supports may vary between schools and grade levels. Parents are encouraged to request a meeting with the classroom teacher, counselor, and/or principal to discuss current progress, observations in the home and school settings, and possible supports. The discussion may help to clarify whether school-based support, a Section 504 evaluation, or special education evaluation is warranted. A Section 504 evaluation may be appropriate if the student has a documented physical or mental impairment and is ‘substantially limited’ in a major-life-activity. A special education evaluation should only be considered if there is a suspected disability.

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