IEP reviews: what to expect

For parents who are new to the IEP process, it’s important to lay out exactly what to expect when it comes to IEP reviews. You probably have a lot of questions about what they entail: what is the purpose of reviews? How often are they held? What is my role as a parent? Let’s break this down. 


IEP reviews are held at least once a year under normal circumstances. Some students with an IEP may have needed a review more than once last year due to how virtual school affected learning. You may call a review before the scheduled annual meeting if you believe an extenuating circumstance calls for it. 


These review meetings are for the purpose of discussing your child’s progress on their current IEP goals and the general curriculum, and how to tackle areas of need. You will get to know each member of your team and what role they are playing in your child’s education, as well as voice your own concerns. Remember, you are just as crucial a member of your child’s IEP team as any educator. They need to hear the invaluable information about a student that parents alone can provide. This is also a time for all team members to discuss any new and pertinent information, as well as what needs may arise for the student in the coming school year. 


This is what typical IEP reviews look like. But we all know not everything goes according to plan. Sometimes disagreements in goal-setting, implementation, and progress happen. Parent opinions are more than fluff to their child’s IEP team. Your voice matters. The school is required to consider parent concerns as much as they do their own educators. This is truly a team effort. But, disagreements can and do still occur. In this case, you may request more information about the topic at hand, or additional testing. You have the right to an Independent Education Evaluation (IEE) of your choice, and/or more time to gather information and arrange another meeting. If you are looking for an IEE provider, IEPready is here to serve you. This form will put you in contact with our Parent Guide. 


Advocates and attorneys can be necessary in irreconcilable disagreements between schools and parents. Before seeking that help, consider these tips on how to approach conflict with your school. If you are looking for advocacy in San Diego, Sanford Autism Consulting and The Law Office of Meagan Nuñez are two local resources for parents.  


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