A triennial evaluation is required every three years for kids with IEPs. However, parents and teachers may want a reevaluation at another time, or before the three-year mark.
Under IDEA, a child may be evaluated only once per year. But that leaves room for you to request a new evaluation for many different reasons: Check for Educational Evaluations in US at UT Evaluators
Your child wasn’t originally found eligible, and he’s still struggling.
It’s possible that when your child was first evaluated, he didn’t meet the criteria for special education. After a year, if he’s still struggling, you may want to request a new evaluation. You can do so even if he’s already getting informal support at school or has a 504 plan.
There are new areas of concern.
When your child is first referred for evaluation, the school notes the areas he was struggling in. For example, if your child was evaluated because he was having trouble with reading, the testing may have focused on dyslexia. But maybe once he received support in reading, it became clear that he struggles in other ways, too. He may have writing or attention issues. If so, it’s appropriate to ask for a new evaluation to look at those areas too.
The information from a previous evaluation was incomplete.
It’s also possible that your child’s initial evaluation didn’t address all the areas it needed to. For instance, perhaps you learned your child has ADHD and the school put in place accommodations to help him focus. However, his impulsivity is also causing disruptions in the classroom. If a behavior assessment wasn’t part of the original evaluation, you may need to request a new evaluation to get one. For Educational Evaluations in US visit here
Your child is headed to college soon.
To get accommodations and support in college, most college disability services offices require that your child have been evaluated recently. This typically means no more than one or two years ago. If your child’s last evaluation was years ago, it’s a good idea to ask for a reevaluation before he leaves for college. You may also want to ask his future college how recent an evaluation needs to be. Also, a reevaluation in high school can provide helpful information for his IEP transition plan.