gives you the right to look at all of your child's education records. This
includes records about his or her identification, evaluation, educational
placement, and special education program. You also have the right to ask the
school to explain and interpret the records for you. You may ask the school to
give you a copy of your child's records. They may charge you a reasonable fee
for making a copy.
be some reasons to request copies of my child's school records?
records contain valuable information about your child's strengths and areas of
need. These records can provide a formal way of communicating between the
professionals at your child's school, you, and other professionals who may work
with your child. Here are some reasons you might have for requesting a copy of
your child's records:
·Reviewing records lets you be sure that the records are correct and contain
all necessary information.
·When your family is moving to a new school district, records may need to be
·When you're taking your child for an independent evaluation, copies of past
records may be useful.
·The records may help the staff at other programs your child attends (like
camp, tutors, or in-hospital schools) design their activities.
·Postsecondary programs may need to see copies of your child's records.
·It's a good idea to have a copy for your home files, especially if your
child is finishing school.
Sample Letter: Requesting Your Child's
(include month, day, and year)
Your Name StreetAddress City, State, Zip Code
Daytime telephone number
Person to Whom You AreWriting Title StreetAddress City, State, Zip Code
I am writing
to schedule a time to come and review all of my child's records. My
son/daughter, (child's name), is in the (___) grade at (name of school), in
(teacher's name) class. I will also need copies of some or all of these
me know where and when I can come in to see the records. I need these records
by (date). You can reach me during the day at (give your phone number).
forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you for your assistance.