long island, ny here...my dev. ped. scripted a behavioral eval, i brought it to the state contracted school who said he didn't need it they have the info to provide b/c we are going back to committee b/c my son has bad issues with staying on point and regresses over the weekend.
They should give you one. The law states they MUST eval every 3y and pay for it every year. If they won't give you one then you need to
1 show them the exact words of the law
2get an independant evaluator and get one yourself then pass the bill to the school who should have covered it.
3 NEVER take their word on the eval get it looked at by a professional or advocate who knows how to interpret it.
1 when was his last eval? They are required every 3y and must be provided free once a year. More or less often if you and iep team agrees. If the state refuses then you can get a private one. Make sure the evaluate is invited to meetings reguarding this eval, occasionally the school will reimburse if something substantive it's learned. Check our www.wrightslaw.com
thank you so much, will look up wrightslaw. and i'm going to look for a parent/mentor/advocate.
sorry i was sick...his last full eval was at 23 months. thanks, i felt a little odd when his school said he didn't need an eval cuz they had all his current info.. i just have a hunch that somehow the school appeases the powers that be so that they stay in good standing and continue to get state and cpse financial support.