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IEP FAQs: When Do I Get a Copy of the IEP?

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How long should a school have to get me a copy of the revised IEP after my son’s IEP meeting?

You should get a copy of your child’s IEP right away. There is no reason for any delay. Write a short polite letter to request a copy.

If the school wants to send you a “clean” copy” later, thank them, but make it clear that you want a copy of the original IEP before you leave the meeting. Ask that they send you the “clean copy” when it’s available. When you get the clean copy, compare it to the original.

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180 Comments on "IEP FAQs: When Do I Get a Copy of the IEP?"


Is it written in the law that the school needs to provide the “messy” copy of the IEP at the meeting if the parents request it? My son’s district specialist said, “the law says they don’t need to provide me a copy at the meeting, and because they generate the IEP at the meeting, they have no way to print the notes.” Also, after the meeting is over the specialist and the RSP teacher need to “discuss and go over some things and add to the IEP.” I am no expert but this is shady and I know that’s not allowed!? I have sent several emails over the years stating that I am not ok with this, but I can not find it in the Fed or California codes ?


My school didn’t even write anything down at his IEP and it is now 7 days and the draft copy of it is not to me. We didn’t even talk anything about goals. I think I will be filing a complaint!


Annual IEPs are held the last 9 weeks of school and final copies are handed out 2 days before school is out. This is done to avoid making changes to the IEP. Often IEP have mistakes but there is no recourse until next year. Hoping all will be forgotten over the summer and the new team in unfamiliar with reasons for the change.


Depending on the disability, students can qualify until age 21. You should go to your school and not leave until the copy is in your hand it is your right to view it anytime you wish! You signed it and you should be able to get a copy of it at anytime. Ask her case manger for a copy the counselor may not be the right person to ask.


I have requested a copy of my daughters IEP for a year and the counselor is never able to get it to me.
Please help. I feel he exited her out of IEP program because she was 18 years old and he never informed me of the meeting. She has had an IEP since she was 3yrs and needs the help more then ever now in college.