subhuti- We sprung for private testing rather than wait for the school board. There were 2 main reasons for this; one, we wanted to make sure we agreed with the assessment before we made it part of her record, which would not be an option if we went with the board, and the biggest reason, two, that we didn't want to wait 1- 2 years for an assessment. The difference in starting to deal with LD issues part way through grade 2 and partway through grade 4 is huge, and we thought it was imperative that we get on top of this right away. A;tho I wouldn't say we got on top of it, at least we've had that time to try different techniques and get some tutoring on the side. I'm sure we would be considerably worse for it if we had not; one of dd's bffs has very similar issues that became obvious at about the same time, but they opted to wait for the board to test. They are still waiting, and without the paperwork to get extra help in class they can get no extra help, or even accomodations. Our insurance did help quite a lot on this, the psychologist billed us (the parents) for the consult and report writing time and dd for the testing, so we were able to use the base coverage of 500$ x3. If we had done it around christmas, we could have done half in one year and half in the other and had the testing & report almost completely covered.
We just finished the second round of psych-ed testing today, also done privately, because there were certain things (dyslexia especially) that were in question because of dd's young age, and to a lesser degree because she had been educated in french as well as english to that point. It was clear at the time that she was struggling, but not clear as to the root cause. Usually, a second test is not required. Today I had a little informal post-test chat with the psych and her feeling is that she will probably score more clearly dyslexic this time. I guess we'll find out next thursday.
I would strongly encourage you to get testing if you see the same patterns in your daughter. If the only thing that having testing had done was give us the reassurance that we needed to stand up for our kid when teachers were suggesting that she was lazy, a dreamer, not trying, ADHD, intentionally forgetting stuff and lying to get out of doing work, it would be worth it. We have also been able to work with her on her self esteem and her understanding of her LD, make changes in her workload and the way she does her work ( with a computer, with someone reading writing for her, more time, quiet space, etc.) Having a test result changes the conversation. Instead of spending a while meeting with a teacher arguing about whether she's improving or not, whether she's trying hard enough or not, whether we're doing enough or not, or whether she's intellectually capable of handling the material or not, we are usually able to quickly get past that and on to what can we do to help here. I'd hate to be just starting this journey now, like we would be if we had waited for testing.