707 KAR 1:002. Definitions. (33) "Independent educational evaluation" means an evaluation conducted by a qualified examiner who is not employed by the LEA responsible for the education of the child in question.
707 KAR 1:340. Procedural safeguards and state complaint procedures. Section 2. Independent Educational Evaluation. (1) A parent of a child with a disability shall have a right to obtain an independent educational evaluation of the child. (2) If a parent requests an independent educational evaluation, the LEA shall provide information to the parent about where an independent educational evaluation may be obtained and the LEA’s applicable criteria for independent educational evaluations. (3) If a parent requests an independent educational evaluation at public expense because the parent disagrees with an evaluation obtained by the LEA, the LEA shall, without unnecessary delay: (a) Initiate a due process hearing to show that its evaluation is appropriate; or (b) Ensure that an independent educational evaluation is provided at public expense unless the LEA demonstrates in a due process hearing that the evaluation obtained by the parent did not meet LEA criteria; (4) The LEA may ask for the parent’s reasons why he objects to the LEA’s evaluation; however, the parent shall not be required to respond and the LEA shall not delay its action under subsection (3) of this section while waiting for a response from a parent; and (5) If an independent educational evaluation is at public expense, the criteria under which the evaluation is obtained, including the location of the evaluation and the qualifications of the examiner, shall be the same as the criteria that the LEA uses when it initiates an evaluation. Aside from these criteria, the LEA shall not impose any other conditions or timelines relating to obtaining an independent educational evaluation at public expense. (6) A parent shall be entitled to only one (1) independent educational evaluation at public expense each time the public agency conducts an evaluation with which the parents disagree. (7) If the LEA initiates a due process hearing after receiving a request for an independent educational evaluation, and the final decision is that the LEA’s evaluation is appropriate, the parent still shall have the right to an independent educational evaluation, but not at public expense. (8) If the parent obtains an independent educational evaluation at public or private expense and it meets the agency criteria, results of the evaluation shall be considered by the LEA in any decision made with respect to the provision of a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to the child. (9) If a due process hearing officer, as part of a hearing, requests an independent educational evaluation, the cost of the evaluation shall be at public expense.