IEP Meeting Requirements, IEP Meaning, vs 504
IEP stands for Individualized Education Plan, and it means there is a meeting where you discuss the special services that public schools provide to children with learning struggles, developmental delays or other special needs, at no cost to you, provided under this plan. These meetings are specific, well-developed, tailored to your child’s needs and their purpose is to help your child succeed in school.
- Parents should take an active role, and armed with enough information, quarterback this conversation
- A teacher (an IEP Meeting Requirement for a general education teacher)
- A special education teacher or other special education provider
- A school representative that has the power to commit school resources for your child, typically a principal
- A school psychologist or diagnostician who can interpret your child’s assessment results
- A parental representative who understands your child (optional)
What will we talk about at an IEP
At the meeting you will "Draft" an IEP. A school can have this prepared in advance or may draft it during the meeting. It is not set in stone. In the meeting you will discuss:
- Present Level of Performance: this is based on observation and on actual performance in the classroom. This might be related to social, behavioral or motor skills.
- Annual Goals: After determining goals, subsequent meetings aim to move the needle closer to accomplishing those goals and setting higher goals once achieved
- Services for Your Child: How are the effects of the current support system aiding the progress toward annual goals. Do services need to be modified to accommodate better performance.
How should I prepare for the IEP Meeting
- Keep the meeting about your child, and don't accept a plan that doesn't meet the individual needs of your child.
- Involve good outside counsel like an advocate, your education consultant, or your even your spouse. If they cannot attend in person, they should be able to arrange a voice call.
- You will have to gain buy-in for any changes from at least one of the teachers, and ultimately the administrator.