Guidelines for Assessment and Educational Evaluation
All learners have the right to a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in their least restrictive environment (LRE) to succeed. An educational evaluation of a child’s strengths and areas needing improvement provide professionals with the insight necessary to allow for that success to be reached. When making critical educational/programmatic decisions, parents and professionals need to consider the student’s cognitive potential, thinking skills, preferred mode of communication, learning style, and academic abilities. In addition, the student’s cultural background must also be considered. Consideration of all these is necessary in order to develop and implement an individualized education program that allows the student to take advantage of his or her potential to learn, grow, and live their best life. This assessment guide is designed to help professionals and families consider all areas of assessment that the learner who is D/HH may need.