Parents and evaluators have expressed significant confusion about the parental right of an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE). Can a school district deny an IEE request? Who selects the evaluator? Can an IEE include an observation? Can the school district impose cost controls?
This article by Attorney Jonathan Zimring of Atlanta, Georgia, presented at the 2006 conference of the Coalition of Parents, Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA) answers these and other questions. Parents and professionals are encouraged to read through this article in order to learn about the role of the IEE in the evaluation process, and about parental rights.