In order for the student to qualify for special education services under the IDEA, the student must be evaluated and deemed eligible for such services. School professionals (teachers, counselors and administrators), parents, legal guardians, a state agency, and a state educational agency may refer a student for evaluation for special education services.

To refer a student for an evaluation for special education services, the parent must first notify the student’s school principal in writing that the student is experiencing academic, social, emotional, and/or behavioral difficulties that are adversely affecting the student’s educational performance. A form written request for evaluation under IDEA and/or 504 is available here.

If you have requested an evaluation or re-evaluation, and have been denied, please contact LEGAL AID CENTER OF SOUTHERN NEVADA for advice.