Parents who disagree with the school’s evaluation can request an independent educational evaluation outside of the Local Educational Agency (LEA). The LEA can choose to pay for the evaluation or file to prove that their own evaluation is appropriate. The parent does not have to give this evaluation to the school. If the parent does submit the evaluation, the school is not required to accept the outside evaluation.
There are many different places that can provide these evaluations. You can look at psychoeducational testing (see the Resources section for some ideas around Wake County, NC). These will look at your child’s IQ, strengths and needs, diagnoses (and provide one if necessary), etc. If you do not feel that the school can provide appropriate testing or if you simply want more information for yourself, these are appropriate.