You will be invited to an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting after your child's evaluation is completed.
Where will the IEP meeting be held?
- Children attending a district 1-32 school - The meeting will be held at your child’s school.
- Children not attending school- The meeting will be held at the district Committee on Special Education (CSE).
- Children attending 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 can I prepare for the IEP meeting?
- Invite other people to the meeting who know your child and can help the team make decisions, such as a provider, doctor, relative or advocate. A certified IEP parent member, which is a trained parent of a student with a disability in the district where you live, can also attend the meeting to help make educational decisions if you make a request at least 72 hours before the meeting.
- 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 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, 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 happens 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 to develop an IEP at the meeting.
Who must attend the IEP meeting?
- Parent(s) or anyone in a parental relationship with your child
- A 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 evaluation 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 IEP parent member (if requested in writing by you or a member of the school 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.
What is my role at the 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 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
What questions can I ask at the 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.