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What to do with the psychoeducational assessment?

Generally, parents have the assessment completed because there are concerns regarding learning. If there are learning problems, then it is within your parental rights with your child’s school to confirm that they are supporting your child’s learning. The best way to do that is to have all documentation formalized. This will involve an IPRC (Individual Placement Review Committee) followed by an IEP (Individual Education Plan).


The IPRC process is to determine if there is a need for an IEP. With the results of the psychoeducational assessment, the need will be written within the report. This is then followed by having an IEP written for your child. Both of these steps have protocol in place and involve the parents.

This directly from the Ministry of Education.


What is an IPRC?

Regulation 181/98 requires that all school boards set up an Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC). An IPRC is composed of at least three persons, one of whom must be a principal or supervisory officer of the board.

What is the role of the IPRC?

The IPRC will:

decide whether or not the student should be identified as exceptional;

identify the areas of the student’s exceptionality, according to the categories and definitions of exceptionalities provided by the Ministry of Education;

decide an appropriate placement for the student; and

review the identification and placement at least once in each school year.

How is an IPRC meeting requested?

The principal of the student’s school:

must request an IPRC meeting for the student, upon receiving a written request from the parent;

may, with written notice to the parent, refer the student to an IPRC when the principal and the student’s teacher or teachers believe that the student may benefit from a special education program.

Within 15 days of receiving a written request, or giving the parent notice, the principal must provide a copy of the board’s Parents’ Guide to Special Education to the parent, as well as an acknowledgement of the parent’s request and a written statement of approximately when the IPRC will meet.


With a psychoeducational assessment completed by a certified psychologist this will make this process very easy and clear because the exceptionalities will be identified within the report.

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Dr. Scott B. McCabe
February 24, 2018
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