What is a Private Evaluation?
Private evaluations are tools used to assist in identifying your child’s academic, behavioral, or social strengths and challenges. They are conducted by professionals who are not affiliated with your child’s school. As opposed to evaluations provided by the school, with private evaluations, parents are able to:
Hiring an evaluator who specializes in educational assessments is essential. This is especially true if the evaluation results indicate that your child needs specific supports within the educational setting (public or private). Unfortunately, the cost of a private evaluation is not typically covered by insurance; therefore, it’s important that you clearly communicate your expectations and ask the right questions when selecting an evaluator. Here are some questions you may want to ask:
We hope you find this information helpful. If you’d like more information, please contact us. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.
Morin, Amanda (n.d.). Private Evaluations: What You Need to Know. https://www.understood.org/articles/en/outside-evaluations-the-difference-between-private-and-independent
The Understood Team. 13 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Private Evaluator (n.d.), https://www.understood.org/articles/en/checklist-things-to-consider-when-hiring-a-private-evaluator?_sp=14999da0-ce31-4d0c-80d7-7d43dccf3798.1646412264671
Jennifer Barranco, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, Licensed Professional Counselor