We're in the midst of having DS evaluated to see if he qualifies for the school district's early special needs preschool. We just had an in-center evaluation with a study team -- a SLP, OT, PT, and one other person whose specialty I forget. We're also scheduled to have a home visit with a social worker. During the in-center evaluation, the team said they were really surprised that we were not scheduled for a in-daycare observation, since that is normal procedure. They then said this was probably because the person who set up our evaluations doesn't usually do that job, and just made a mistake. They had us sign a consent for a daycare observation, and I gave them contact info for the center. I just got a letter today with a form for his teachers to fill out (which I am fine with), and a "Preschool Observation" form that they have instructed me to have the director of the daycare center fill out.
This just does not seem right to me. The form notes at the top that "[t]his is an observation of student performance by a team member other than the student's teacher." As far as I know, the day care director is not a member of the team determining if he qualifies for services. And while I really like her, I don't think she is the person to do this observation since she doesn't have a special ed background. I really want them to send someone out who has experience doing these types of evals.
Am I out of line? What is the norm for an education observation? Am I within my rights to insist that they send a qualified person out? In a school setting, would they just send the principal? Since they messed things up before, I just don't have faith right now that they are following procedures.