10 Tips for Achieving Results at IEP Meetings

1. Know that federal law entitles your child to an education that prepares him/her for further education, employment and independent living.

2. Realize that you are a vital member of your child’s IEP team and you know your child best.

3. Always bring copies of reports, homework, assignments and other work to show child’s current academic and functional levels of performance.

4. Ask teacher to maintain a daily classroom log that contains information regarding school day.

5. Establish a method of communication with teacher – e-mail, faxes, weekly reports, which describe goals worked on, method used and progress.

6. Request copy of written notice when school proposes to change or refuses to change program.

7. Always request an independent evaluation if you disagree with district’s assessment or decision to terminate or change service.

8. Provide district with written notice 10 days prior to you obtaining private assessment.

9. Insure that private and or independent assessor perform a classroom and home, if necessary, observation in addition to evaluation of the child.