Once your child’s evaluation is completed, you will be invited to attend an IEP meeting.
Location of the IEP Meeting
- If your child attends a district school, the meeting will be held at your child’s school.
- If your child is not attending school, or attends a non-public, charter, preschool or child care program, the meeting will be held at the district CSE/CPSE or at the non-public or charter school, if possible.
How to Prepare for the Meeting
- Decide who you would like to bring to the IEP meeting. You might consider brining a person/people who know your child well such as a teacher or a doctor. You also might consider brining someone to support you in asking questions, taking notes and helping you advocate for your child.
- Review the evaluation results. Consider which parts of the evaluations you think are the most important, which parts you agree with, and which parts you have questions about.
- Gather information and documents from people who know your child, such as teachers, providers, or doctors that may be helpful in explaining your child’s needs.
- Be prepared to discuss your child’s strengths and needs, and how they affect his or her academic, social and emotional, and physical development.
- Review the available programs and services for preschool or school-age children, and think about which ones would best benefit your child.
- If English is not your preferred language, request for your school, CSE or CPSE to arrange an interpreter at least 72 hours before the meeting.
What Will Happen at the Meeting
The IEP Team, of which you are a member, will review information from the evaluation and other sources to determine whether your child is eligible for special education services. If so, the team will work together in the meeting to develops an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Mandated Members of the IEP Team
You (the parent(s) or anyone in a parental relationship with your child) are an important member of the team. Other participants are listed below. Together, meeting participants are referred to as "the IEP team."
- At least one general education teacher (when the child is or may be in general education)
- A special education teacher (if applicable)
- Related service providers (if applicable)
- A school psychologist (if the meeting is an initial IEP meeting or reevaluation for school-age children)
- A school social worker (if he or she is involved in the evaluation process for school-age children)
- A district representative (CPSE administrator for preschool children)
- A school physician (if requested in writing by you or a member of the school at least 72 hours before the meeting for school-age children)
- A certified parent member, which is a parent of a child with a disability in the school district who has received training and can participate in IEP meetings to assist in making educational decisions (if requested in writing by you at least 72 hours before the meeting)
- An Early Intervention (EI) service coordinator (if requested by a parent for preschool children)
- Others with knowledge or expertise about your child such as an evaluator, advocate or friend
- Your child (the student), if appropriate (if your child is 15 years old or older he or she must be invited)
More information about the IEP team is in the Family Guide to Special Education Services for School-Age Children on page 10.
Your Role at the IEP Meeting
You are a legally mandated member of the IEP team. You know your child best and can speak about his or her strengths and needs. And, as the parent, you can talk about your thoughts and ideas about how to best educate your child. As a member of the IEP team, you should:
- Offer your own observations about how your child learns
- Share what his or her interests are
- Share things about your child only you would know
- Listen to what the other team members think your child needs to work on in school and share your suggestions
- Talk about how your child uses (or doesn't use) the skills he or she leans in school at home
- Ask as many questions as you can during the meeting and speak up if you don't understand something
- Work with the rest of the team to develop the IEP
Questions to Ask at the IEP Meeting
More questions to ask at the IEP meeting are in the Family Guide to Special Education Services for School-Age Children on page 8.