Is Your Child’s IEP Meeting Its Potential?
We are halfway into the academic year. Now is the time to dig out your child’s IEP and review progress. Consider the following criteria to see if a meeting needs to be held. If you believe your child’s IEP should be reviewed, contact teachers or school personnel in writing. Make sure your questions/concerns are included in your request so that each item will be addressed. Date and keep copies of all your correspondence. Important points to consider:
- Look beyond grades and/or verbal assurances of progress. Look at the quality of the work involved. Can you see progress since the beginning of school?
- Ask for progress-monitoring reports. The school can send you these. If it is not clear how they are measuring your child’s progress, don’t be afraid to ask for further clarification until you thoroughly understand.
- Verify that plan-specified services are being provided. How? Speak with your child and speak routinely with your child’s service providers and teachers. If possible, volunteer or be at school for special occasions. This could help you determine the time your child spends in different instructional services and/or what types of support s/he is receiving.
- You are part of your child’s IEP process. It is your right to participate in your child’s education.
- Grades do not always reveal if your child is making progress. Effective progression of learning is demonstrated through student work samples and objective testing data over time.
- You are an equal part of the team that makes decisions about your child. You do have a right to call a meeting to discuss concerns and suggest changes to your child’s individual academic plan.
At RITES We work with students on IEPs throughout the school year and in our summer programs. We provide the specialized instruction often required for specific academic needs.
We understand the language, the tools, and the strategies to help your child reach his/her goals.
We encourage you to keep working with your school to craft the most appropriate IEP for your child’s learning profile. For more helpful information, read RITES “Parent Guide to Special Needs” and our other Fact Sheets. http://galdbladderhelp.com/