Information for parents of disabled children

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Analyzing an IEP. . . for dummies.

School Open Night1Image by bestlibrarian via FlickrCase conferences. Much like the flu bug, they come every year like clockwork, and they can be about as much fun. Here is a quick list of things to watch for as you go over your draft.

  • Make sure your draft of the IEP arrived a minimum of 24 hours in advance of your CCC.
  • Note each person invited to prepare for possible requests to be excused (never the teacher or the agency rep).
  • Double check that your previous concerns have been noted.
  • Are the goals and objectives satisfactory, appropriate and thorough?
  • Pay close attention to methods of measurement, descriptive documentation, testing, teacher reports. One method isn't enough.
  • Services should be expressed as they will be delivered, ex. speech should be a weekly amount, not monthly.
  • Written notes should contain all relevant information that fits nowhere else such as previous meeting notes, parent/school contact and special requests being discussed.
This list is, of course, not exhaustive. Give yourself plenty of time to go over the draft, as this is a legal contract with all that implies.
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