Wednesday, November 15, 2017

IEP Meeting: Be Prepared

Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meeting: Be Prepared

This is an opportunity for school personnel and parents to communicate. As the parent it is important to do your homework and be prepared. 

An IEP meeting can be a positive experience if everyone is able to communicate clearly. Here are things to do before an IEP meeting:
  • Observe your child in their current classroom setting.
  • If your child has an IEP, make sure to reread the expiring IEP. Ask yourself if you feel their academic and behavioral goals have been met. Be prepared to share your thoughts.
  • Make a list of all of your child’s accomplishments.
  • Research the academic standards for your child’s grade level. Consider where they currently fall in terms of those standards. They may still need support, and that is perfectly fine. The more you have thought about these long-term goals, the more prepared you will be to discuss them and to listen to the team.
  • Be prepared to ask questions.