What Happens at the IEP Meeting?
The purpose of the meeting is to review your child's current academic and social progress, and to design a plan that specifically meets his or her needs. The purpose is not just to create an IEP, but to review the student's work and the results of any evaluations, tests, or reports order to understand what works, what doesn't work, and what might need to change.
The meeting attendees should:
- Review evaluations, test results, student work to develop "present levels of performance."
- Discuss eligibility for special education services and relevant classification.
- Analyze what worked well for the student.
- Identify where more help may be needed.
- Establish goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound.
- Compare available alternatives for meeting those goals and discuss pros and cons.
- Design or revise the student's recommended services, supports, and accommodations.
- Agree on how progress should be measured.
The IEP Team will decide whether your child is eligible for special education services. A school-age student is eligible for special education services if the student meets the criteria for one or more of the disability classifications and student requires approved special education services and programs.
The IEP Team, with your participation, may determine that your child is not disabled and does not need special education services. In this case, an IEP will not be developed. Information gathered from the evaluations will be given to the principal of your child’s school, and the principal will work with the appropriate professionals in the school to help your child.
If the IEP Team, based upon the evaluation(s), determines that your child has a disability and that special education services are necessary, an IEP will be developed at the IEP Team meeting.