Student Support - Special Education Assessment/Evaluation

Covid 19 Update

Change to Assessment Procedure due to Covid-19:

To minimize the spread of COVID-19, San Francisco Unified School District schools and facilities are closed beginning March 16, 2020. By direction of the State EXECUTIVE ORDER N-33-20 and City ORDER OF THE HEALTH OFFICER No. C19-07b, all non-essential staff are ordered to shelter-in-place. 

SFUSD assessors will discuss options with parents for completing evaluations such as records reviews and interviews, or whether holding the assessment in abeyance (temporary suspension) during this period is the most appropriate option for the student. To the extent possible, staff hopes to move forward with evaluations in order to ensure that when students return to “regular” school sessions, a plan is in place to support your child.

Does Your Child Need Help?

Do you think your child might have a disability and would benefit from an Assessment for Special Education ?

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All children develop at different rates and in different ways. If you think that your child may have a disability, in one or more of the following areas:

  • autism
  • deafness
  • hearing impairment
  • multiple disabilities
  • other health impairment
  • speech or language impairment
  • visual impairment
  • deaf/blind
  • emotional disturbance
  • cognitively impaired
  • orthopedic impairment
  • specific learning disability
  • traumatic brain injury

Please contact one of the following

Birth to 3

Golden Gate Regional Center Hotline Number (English, Spanish and
Cantonese): 1-888-339-3305 Email:

In a S.F. Private/Parochial school 

For psycho-educational assessments, contact Screening and Assessment
Center at (415) 759-2222 or

3 to 5 yrs

Contact Pre-School Intake Unit at (415) 401-2525 or via Email:

For all other evaluations, (e.g. speech, occupational therapy, etc.)

SFUSD Special Education Services at (415) 759-2222.

In an SFUSD public school

Contact the School Principal


State and Local Educational Agencies are responsible for initially
assessing children and students who are referred for suspected disabilities from
birth through 18 years. Some of these children and students may be eligible to
receive Special Education Services. Students who are enrolled in
private/parochial schools are assessed by the school district in which the private
or parochial school is located.


Independent Educational Assessments

May my child be tested independently at the district’s expense?

If you disagree with the results of the assessment conducted by the school district, you have the
right to ask for and obtain an independent educational assessment for your child from a person
qualified to conduct the assessment at public expense.

The parent is entitled to only one independent educational evaluation at public expense each
time the public agency conducts an evaluation with which the parent disagrees.

The school district must respond to your request for an independent educational assessment
and provide you information about where to obtain an independent educational assessment.

If the school district believes that the district’s assessment is appropriate and disagrees that an
independent assessment is necessary, the school district must request a due process hearing
to prove that its assessment was appropriate. If the district prevails, you still have the
right to an independent assessment but not at public expense. The IEP team must consider
independent assessments.

*Source - CDE Notice of Procedural Safeguards

Educational vs. Medical Assessment

This article from does a good job explaining The Difference Between a School Identification and a Clinical Diagnosis