Individual Education Plan (IEP) Parent Quick Reference Guide
Before the IEP Meeting
•Schedule the IEP meeting at a time when you can attend (reschedule if necessary but make plans to attend).
•Request that you receive all school and services progress reports (i.e. academic, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech therapy) at least 10 days prior to the IEP meeting as required by law.
•Write down any current concerns and whatever goals you have for your child and bring them to the meeting.
During the IEP Meeting
•Begin the meeting with the goals that you have for your child and state any concerns that you have.
•Ensure that the school specifies how each goal will be met (including required resources and time allotment). If the school says that they don’t have the resources, give them a time frame to develop a plan and then schedule a follow-up IEP meeting to discuss and formally approve the plan.
•All items discussed in the meeting must be documented. Ensure that whoever is recording the meeting minutes accurately states your goals and concerns.
•If you are satisfied, sign IEP approval documents after the meeting is concluded
After the IEP Meeting
•Ensure that you receive a copy of the IEP meeting minutes within a reasonable (i.e. 2 week) timeframe. Review the minutes for accuracy.
•Review the periodic progress reports and compare to the meeting minutes to ensure that the school is complying with the plan.
•Communicate with appropriate stakeholders (your child, teachers, therapists, etc.) for updates in between progress reports to ensure that all activities are proceeding according to plan.
- If the plan has been changed, request an emergency IEP meeting to discuss and formally approve/reject any changes. If there is resistance from the school, engage the service of an outside advocate to ensure that the school complies with the principles of the IEP in accordance with IDEA.