When parents hear the words, "Special Education," it often brings a sense of fear and confusion to their minds. Our goal at HSCSED is to educate parents and students alike so that they can achieve success.
One of the first steps in helping your child become successful is to understand the IEP Process. An Individualized Education Plan, or IEP, is defined as a written plan that is designed to meet the unique needs of one child. Public school districts are required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to develop an individualized plan for every child who qualifies as having one of the identified thirteen disabilities identified by IDEA as a qualifying condition for special education.
There are five important steps to the IEP process that all parents should understand:
1. Referral for initial evaluation
3. Determining eligibility
4. Writing the IEP
5. Understanding the IEP meeting
IEP Questions-Things to Think About
• What has the student learned this year?
• What are the student's strengths and interests?
• What are the concerns for the student's education?
• What should the student learn next?
• What does the student want to learn next?
• What are the supports and services the student needs to make progress on her goals?What Parents Can Do Before the Meeting
• Make sure you know who will be at the meeting
• If the meeting time doesn't work for you, request a different time or date
• Share any medical, psychological, or other assessment information
• Have a list of priorities
• Write down any questions you might have