The Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) document is the cornerstone of a child’s special education program. It explains the goals, services, supports, and placement the school will provide for a child to meet their unique educational needs.
An IEE is an independent educational evaluation funded by the school and conducted by an assessor chosen by the parent. A parent can make a written request for an IEE if they disagree with an assessment conducted by the school.
An initial referral for special education can come from a parent or the school. A formal diagnosis is not required before assessing. Parents should make the request in writing and explain the concerns and how they affect the student’s educational experience.
Communication directly impacts the development of the IEP. The way a parent discusses concerns with the IEP team sets the tone and can impact relationships. Improving communication with the special education team can improve outcomes.
The decision-making process depends on the information available to the IEP team at the time the decisions are made. Withholding information from the school or an IEP team can create unexpected problems in the event of a disagreement.
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