What is on an evaluation consent form?

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute & Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts
Created February, 2022

The consent form lists the tests the school plans to do. They call the tests "assessments." The consent form must include an “education assessment.”   An education assessment describes your child's:

  • educational progress,
  • attention skills,
  • participation in class,
  • memory, and
  • social relationships with peers and adults.

It also describes your child's educational and developmental “potential” or the goals your child should be able to reach.

The education assessment tests:

  • to see if your child is struggling to make progress in school,
  • for reasons why your child is struggling, and
  • to get a better understanding of your child's "potential" – the goals they should be able to reach. 

The consent form must also list any other assessments the school wants to do. 

The school must test for all disability-related needs they think your child has.   For example, if they think your child may have dyslexia they should test for it. 

You can also ask the school for other tests.

For example

If you think your child has trouble communicating, you may ask for a speech and language assessment.

If you think your child has difficulty with anger or making friends, you may ask for an assessment that will look at their social and emotional needs.

See an example of the consent form that the school will use.

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