The End of the School Year: Four Things Parents of Children with IEP’s Can Do
As the school year comes to a close, we know parents are tired and children are tired but it’s also a great opportunity to evaluate your child’s educational program and see if any changes or modifications are needed to ensure your child’s success for next year. Here’s what you can do:
#1: Determine whether your child is making “sufficient progress.”
- See whether IEP goals/objectives are being repeated in the next IEP.
- Compare reading levels and statewide test scores from beginning of the year to the end of the year.
- Compare comparable scores on evaluations, benchmarks, and tests from last year to the same period this year.
#2: Consider whether your child is getting the social, emotional behavioral support they need to be successful in the classroom.
- If behavior is impacting his/her education, consider asking for a Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plan.
- Consider whether increased academic support and modifications would decrease negative behavior.
#3: You can request an IEP meeting at any time even if you are not “due” for your annual review. An IEP team meeting can be held over the summer to ensure appropriate services are in place for the start of the school year.
#4: If you have concerns about your child’s academic progress or emotional/behavioral needs, consider requesting:
- additional evaluations,
- increased or a change in services,
- new goals and objectives,
- additional supports,
- or a change in placement.
Consider the help of an educational consultant, or special education lawyer to understand your child’s program and get the supports and services your child needs.
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