The evaluation process of special education has two main purpose, one of those purpose is to determine eligibility for a child under the federal categories of disability. These includes, special learning disability, developmental delays, speech, language, visual and impairments, mental retardation , orthopedic impairments, autism, deaf and blindness, hearing impairments, traumatic brain injury and multiple disabilities. The second purpose of the evaluation process of special education is to identify what a child strength and needs are so that an instructional program under the IEP can be develop. All areas of the students need should be covered in an evaluation. When doing an evaluation the areas that are being looked at includes the health, physical and mental status of the child, vision and hearing, their social and emotional health, a child’s motor ability speech and language, communication, academic achievement and general intelligence and cognitive ability.  The evaluation of a child is paid for by the school district. In a situation where a parent disagrees with an evaluation, they can always seek outside independent evaluation and the school district will also pay for it. This is the basis for creating an IEP. A referral can be put in for a child to be tested, but every district have a different process that they follow. If a parent wants to put in a referral for their child, the best way to do it is through writing. The timeline process begins after the first paperwork goes in. After referral is on file, it should be reviewed within ten school days by a team of qualified professionals and the parents of the child. An evaluation of a child should take no longer than ten days school days after getting a parent consent. This process can take two to three months in order to be completed. The timelines follows the same process for re-evaluations. The re-evaluation process should not be conducted more than once a year, unless requested by a parent and should be conducted every three years unless the parents does not want to revisit it IEP.  Sixty days after the parent gives a consent a child should be evaluated. A written report from the evaluation team should be available to the parents, IEP team and school if the child is eligible for special education. The evaluation team teams includes the parent of the child, one regular teacher, and one special education teacher and a representative of the agency. There must be a least four people on the evaluation team, one of those people being an LEA member. After evaluation and a child is eligible an IEP will be develop and available to the student within fifteen school days. After an IEP is put together services for the child should be available within ten school days.   When evaluating determining eligibility, the school must place a child in one of the disability category. The team is looking and measuring to see if a child’s ability affects their educational performance. They are not only looking at a child’s academic performance but also their functional performance.