What Special Education Advocates Need to Know
August 20, 2008
C. Imber, Ph.D.
C. Imber, Ph.D. |
Steve C. Imber, Ph.D. is President of
Psychoeducational Consultants and serves as an independent
educational evaluator, a consultant to parents and
school personnel and as an expert in various due process
hearings and other legal proceedings. He is a Professor
of Special Education at Rhode Island College (since
1973) in Providence, RI where he teaches undergraduate
and graduate courses on advanced behavior management:
FBAs and BIPs behavior management, assessment, curriculum
and methodology for secondary level students with disabilities,
inclusion of students within the general education
settings, legal aspects of special education and psychoeducational
strategies for children and youth with disabilities.
Dr. Imber is a past President of the International
Council for Children with Behavior Disorders (a division
of the Council for Exceptional Children). He has presented
at several national and regional conferences on a variety
of topics and has published articles in several journals
within the fields of psychology and special education.
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This is the Handout
for the Webinar presentation on Independent
Educational Evaluations (IEEs):
What Special Education Advocates Need to Know.
(PDF, 3 slides per page,
29 pgs.) Also available in a six
slides per page version here (PDF, 15 pgs.)
USED Policy Letters listed below regarding IEEs
here. (note that letters issued
prior to December 3, 2004, may not be consistent
with the IDEA, as
revised by P.L. 108-446. Letters issued prior to
August 14, 2006 may not be consistent with the final
regulations for Part B published on that date at
71 Federal Register 46540. Readers are advised to
consult with the current statute and final regulations.)
to LoDolce (2007)
Letter clarifying whether age and grade level scores, along
with recommendations pertaining to specific methodologies
and/or use of materials, can be included in evaluations
conducted by independent educational evaluators.
to Parker (2004)
Letter Part B - Assistance for Education of All Children
With Disabilities; Section 615 - Procedural Safeguards
to Young (2003)
Letter clarifying that a school district's practice of
maintaining and requiring a parent to use a list of qualified
independent educational evaluation (IEE) examiners is
not inconsistent with the parent's right to an IEE.
to Anonymous (2002)
Letter clarifying that to avoid unreasonable charges for
independent educational evaluations (IEEs) a school district
may establish maximum allowable charges, but the school
district must allow parents the opportunity to demonstrate
that unique circumstances justify an IEE that is more
expensive; and if the school district disagrees with
the parents' justification, it must bring a hearing to
demonstrate that the IEE did not meet the agency's cost
criteria and that unique circumstances do not justify
the higher rate.
to Petska (2001)
Letter regarding the qualifications that school districts
may require of individuals who conduct independent educational
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