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

by Wrightslaw

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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  • 1 Stacy 01/25/15 at 6:30 pm

    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.

  • 2 Ruth 01/20/15 at 1:55 pm

    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.

  • 3 kurt 12/17/14 at 12:45 pm

    Please i need my son iep i do not know where i can get a copy of his iep at if you can send info

  • 4 Jocelyn 08/19/14 at 10:00 pm

    Please, I need a copy of my Son’s IEP. Last public school attended was in FL.

  • 5 Terri 06/03/14 at 6:33 pm

    We have been waiting for several months for a revised copy of my son’s IEP. Our son has an IEP due to a learning disability in the area of Reading/Spelling/Comprehension. We requested at our annual IEP meeting in November 2014 that we add documentation from a highly trained Physician after a much needed evaluation for our son who met all criteria -diagnosed w attention deficit disorder. I am not sure if they will not add this information because it can not be placed in his IEP (need a separate 504 plan?). They will not give us any information. The Director of Special Education at our school district informed me over the phone after several requests that she would be sending me the revised IEP for the 2013/2014 school year. We now have three days of school left and have not received the revised IEP.

  • 6 Janet 04/04/14 at 9:55 pm

    Hello. I was an IEE and attended the IEP for the student I evaluated. I left with horrible feelings of denial of FAPE and other violations. The parent was given a copy of the IEP which was dated at the time of the MET (3 weeks prior to IEP meeting). The IEP itself was in a sealed envelope which was given to the parent. At the IEP, the only copy of the paperwork was in the teacher’s hands and not shared with the other 9 others in attendance. A “signature” page was passed around for everyone to sign. The parent requested various thing be put in the IEP but case manageer would not make changes as “if it is in the IEP and it doesn’t happen, we dont’ want to disappoint parents.” Psychologist stated “we cannot offer a program to meet his needs because it doesn’t exist.” and various other comments. Violation of FAPE? Procedural violation?

  • 7 Wanda 03/09/14 at 11:27 pm

    It usually takes about a week to a week & 1/2 to get a copy of my son’s IEP. They never have even a draft done at the end of the day. Last time the meeting was on a Monday 2 days before the yearly IEP expired because the original meeting had to be rescheduled due to weather.
    Notes were taken by the special education director, who is adversarial, confrontational, insulting, & condescending. I requested a copy of her notes because things discussed at the meeting with a mediator present were not put in the IEP (getting homework for the week on Mondays because of executive functioning issues, as well as making sure everything got home & back to school) & things he’s had for years, like having his spelling list a week ahead of time, were taken out without discussion. When I requested a copy of the notes taken it was refused.

  • 8 Terri 03/05/14 at 4:30 pm

    Never used to but now, The school gives me the hand written IEP right away and REQUIRES me to sign it right away too. And sometimes the written one is different than what was written at the meeting. This is south dakota. The sioux falls district has told me they opted out of Federal Regulations and made there own. I found information that states they can do so if they meet or exceed federal regulations.
    They disagree.

  • 9 Heidi 02/22/14 at 4:53 pm

    Approximately four months. I was lied to, told it ‘was not yet completed’ etc. Due process is next. The district was not providing the services required by the student and promised in the IEP. Primarily Placement, Curriculum, location of services, degree of services, sufficiency of services,-almost all of IDEA 2004; Section 504; FAPE, LRE, NCLBA, FERPA, Parental Protections, Privacy & Records-both privacy issues and access. failure to monitor progress; failure to provide procedural safeguards even when asked specifically 7 times, 3 to the teacher; 2x the principal; 1x the special education coordinator of the school district; and once the school districts administrator. Child has increasingly presented a substantial risk of harm to self and others. Have contacted DisRightsofWI.

  • 10 Jane 01/31/14 at 5:15 pm

    wow I thought I was denied rights. Gee. The law requires schools to allow you to look at your students educational record. As Pete explained we should ask for a list of all Educational Records and where they are kept. Also in same request permission to view those records. There is a time line the school is required to respond within. I’m not positive but think it is 40 days.

  • 11 Greg 01/29/14 at 11:01 pm

    3.5 years and no copies. I cant even get a reply from the state of California – 3 calls per day for 3 days.

  • 12 Yolanda 01/10/14 at 10:39 am

    IEP/ARD meeting was Dec 13, 2012 and as of today 1/10.14 still no copy despite emailing calling the superintendent of school and special education. I even emailed the Texas Education with no happy response. Still waiting. UGH!

  • 13 Zina 12/22/13 at 7:00 am

    My son is 21 and in the last year of high school. He can graduate, but needs a scribe so he can successfully take 3 New York State Regents test. The school had an meeting with his Medicaid Service Coord (MSC), Principal, and School Counselor, but my son was not at the meeting. According to the MSC, the school agreed to provide the accommodations, but have not given the MSC the IEP yet. Kris has 2 opportunities to take the tests Jan/June. What do I do next?

  • 14 Joyce 06/01/13 at 6:05 pm

    My child has been in special education since a small child I had good teacher for her when she was younger. for the last two years her 11th and 12th grade year she has had teachers that were prejudice toward her and did not get her the assistance that she needed. she took the exit exam and did not do good on it due to the instructions that was given on it. she could not get her diploma. could some one tell me what to do. I am thinking about getting a attorney to bring charges against the school.

  • 15 vangi 05/23/13 at 9:55 am

    Is a school in NM required to give a copy of IEP to the regular education teacher?

  • 16 Sandra 04/27/13 at 5:10 am

    I recently had an IEP for my child. Due to blatant illegal moves by the school’s clinical diagnostician in the prior year, I felt forced to get a private assessment for my autistic son and to hire an advocate.
    At the meeting I was assured I would get a clean copy of his IEP in my son’s bookbag which I have yet to receive. It has been well over a week since the meeti g and I have yet to get a copy. I feel this is i. Retaliation for bringing an advocate with me to the meeting. Is this legal?

  • 17 Sharon L. 03/29/13 at 3:58 pm

    Call the board office and ask when you can come in to get a copy of your child’s IEP. If they tell you great if not followup with a letter and then escalate it up the ladder, principal, superintendent, etc if you have to. There should be no issue to get your copy. They probably just forgot.

  • 18 kim 03/21/13 at 1:58 pm

    I havent received my sons iep its been at least 6 7 months and i have asked for it a number of times

  • 19 Regina 02/08/13 at 11:40 pm

    I work for Pasadena Unified School District. I print out the IEP, go to the front office and make a copy of the signature page to attach to the IEP, and thank the parent for coming. I do not want to cause undo stress on parents.

  • 20 janet 01/24/13 at 12:12 pm


    I need to get a copy of my sisters IEP from nys from 1974-1980, does anyone know if IEP’s are archived, if they are where can I start to look?

    Thank you very much..

  • 21 Peggy 09/07/12 at 7:56 pm

    We receive our IEP at the very, very, end(I mean walking out the door end) of our IEP. The printer is in another room and you guessed it – they always slip in something different without me knowing. Everyone is gone when I receive my IEP. Next time I am going to initial each and every page. Anyone have any suggestions that I might use? This is in the state of Illinois.

  • 22 Felicia 08/21/12 at 2:55 am

    I had my daughter evaluated last year 2011 and did not get her IEP until now AUGUST 23 , 2012 and now my daughter is detained in the same grade again . should i get a lawyer

    Thank -You

  • 23 Janora 05/02/12 at 12:54 pm

    It has been over 3 months and I still have not received an iep for my son what do I do next?

    Please help???

  • 24 Jennifer 04/06/12 at 2:11 pm

    I recently had an IEP at my child’s school. when I asked for a copy she responded they have never given a copy to a parent before hand. They went to make me a copy, and it made the process easier for me to understand. I have a continued meeting next week and I again had to ask for a copy. I wish law makers would include a copy of an IEP to the parents in the CFR at least 5 days before the meeting. It would give parents a chance to have an understanding of what is being said, “prior to the meeting” to ask better questions and make better suggestions.

  • 25 Sharleen 03/16/12 at 10:55 am

    I’ve often had to email 2-3 requests/reminders in order to obtain copies of my child’s IEPs. I carbon copy the attorney from my state Disability Rights Network on this to keep her updated on the difficulties I am having with getting the copies. She has had to help advocate several times in order to get copies for me.

  • 26 Heidi 02/19/12 at 2:34 pm

    The IEP was supposed to be revised; as it was basically BLANK. It also included unnecessary and INCORRECT medical information! Anyway, upon request[s] over the past year, I just this past week received a copy… and nothing was different!

  • 27 Randy 01/13/12 at 1:10 pm


    What should I do? If you desire a public school, here is what I would do.

    1. Enroll child in school.
    2. Request child to be evaluated, giving in writing all you know about suspected disability of child.
    3. Request copy of evaluation prior to IEP meeting.
    4. Attend IEP meeting, fully prepared.
    5. Question what program child will be in during IEP meeting.
    6. End of meeting, request copy of IEP immediately, or copy of whatever notes taken for the IEP.
    7. Receive copy of IEP then, or later.
    9. When received copy of clean IEP, ensure you agree with: program; services offered meet needs of your disabled child; placement of child, LRE, and all other things of sensitivity to you about your child.

  • 28 Randy 01/13/12 at 12:59 pm


    Any school district has the obligation to ensure all students within that district, that are disabled and needs special education and other related services has to ensure an IEP is made annually for all special education children within their district.

    The private school should be the one to hold the IEP meeting for that child, however, if the private school doesn’t, then the school district has to ensure an IEP is in place for each and every special education student within that district, period.

    Do not believe all that all district personnel “tell” you. Request everything the district so informs you in every conversation. If they are right, they will inform you. If they know they are wrong, you will never receive a documented response from them pertaining to that subject. Guaranteed, or they are so ignorant.

  • 29 Randy 01/13/12 at 12:53 pm


    Most recording devices on answering phone machines, are relatively easy to operate. Just follow the instructions within the operations instructions to set up. Usually all one has to do is to press a button to initiate a recording session.

    But, again, learn about recording others legally first, before you do so, because in others states, that could be a violation of one’s rights as well.

  • 30 Randy 01/13/12 at 12:44 pm


    A telephone answering machine of worth, has a microphone that will pick up voices and other noises in the background while talking to someone on the phone. Their conversation is also recorded as they are speaking.

    In Michigan, as others have stated, there only has to be one communicator of the conversation that knows the conversation is being recorded — you.

    In Michigan, you do not have to inform your conversation is being recorded, but as a courtesy I always told them. Then, later, that evidence gets to a hearing or court, the other person cannot say I was never told the conversation was being recorded. The tape or disk is within the proof and the pudding.

    Yes, by all means check with state authorities to see if recording someone without their knowledge is legal. If not legal, then that evidence will be thrown.

  • 31 Randy 01/13/12 at 12:26 pm

    Eileen, that a school has to request to the school board is only a local policy. The federal and state laws guarantee that when you request a copy of an IEP, however, “upon request” means right away. Some judges, however, interpret that “right away” to mean up to two months.

    Many school districts will provide parents copies of their children’s IEP up until they are 18 years old, or if the 18 year old student authorizes parents to receive that IEP, right away.

  • 32 Tiffany 01/10/12 at 2:03 am

    Our school dist told us that they didn’t even need to offer the student with a FAPE or IEP with a description of the program they were offering, since my child was enrolled in private school. I told them I was interested in enrolling my child in public school if I knew what the district was offering? The district had already found my child eligible for special education, but refused to offer an IEP unless I enrolled my child in their program before, I knew what they were offering. CDE the state enforcement told us the district did not nave to offer an IEP since she was enrolled in private school. What do I do?

  • 33 SusanB 01/05/12 at 6:25 pm

    Veronica – re: recording phone conversations:

    Check your state law. In my state only one party has to be aware that the recording is being made. Another good way to document conversations is through letters. I write a thank you note, in which I thank them for talking with me, and then say something like, I want to make sure I understand what we talked about, then document what was said. At the end of my letter, after I have told them how much I appreciate everything they do and continue to do, I say something like, “This is the conversation as I remember it, if you remember it differently, please let me know by………”

  • 34 Morning 01/05/12 at 5:53 pm

    I am hesitant to record conversations–though I understand the frustrations in working with school districts who are not in compliance. I guess that it may put a parent in a difficult situation if recording devices are used. I was asked if I wanted to use a recording device by the advocate before a PPT started and I said, “no.”. I did not want to put the staff in a difficult position and everything worked out quite well. Everyone has to work out their own individual situations–recording someone can have legal implications so know the law before you record.

  • 35 Veronica 01/05/12 at 12:38 pm

    Randy – How does the recording phone work? When you speak to someone at school – do you always tell them first that you are recording the call and everything they say? I doubt they would talk to me then, they get very defensive about stuff like this.

    I checked in my state and you have to have consent from everyone before you can record. It must be different in your state. Do states have different laws about this?

  • 36 Randy 01/04/12 at 12:48 pm


    Here is a tip. Get a phone that records your conversations with the school district, and the next time, you, “upon request”, an IEP, and you do not receive it immediately, then the school is in violation.

    Let me see, one of the biggest reasons for the “upon request” is so that districts cannot change the IEP without your knowledge. By law “upon request) dictates the IEP must be given immediately. 34 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 300.

    If you made a complaint to the state DOE, you would probably win, as this is a federal mandate. If you don’t win, there is always mediation and due process hearing. Any administrative judge would have to find in your favor, or he is partial to that school district. I should know this, because I have won several complaints as this before.

  • 37 Randy 01/04/12 at 12:41 pm

    You stated that the new teacher “changed her IEP”. Did you give written authority for them to do that? If not, she was in violation, and if they did in effect “change” the IEP and instituted the new IEP, taking the required service away (without written authorization), then for that period, she was not being provided a “free appropriate public education”.

    However, if they restarted the old service back immediately, no harm, no fowl. Henceforth, personally, I would not give the authority to the school to do anything, but institute an IEP that you can agree on.

  • 38 Randy 01/04/12 at 12:28 pm

    Mare B.

    The Individual Disabilities Education Act (federal) and 34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at Part 300; the American Disabilities Act and the implementing regulations also at 34 CFR Part ? Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and implementing Regulations at 34 CFR Part ?

  • 39 Randy 01/04/12 at 12:23 pm

    137 Tina,

    So what if Music Therapy is not certified in California. He is wrong according to 34 CFR Part 300.

    There can be no changes to an IEP, other than through another IEP meeting, without your written consent, so I would be very careful not to sign anything that an attorney has not read for you.

    The federal laws states that all services that will benefit a child that needs special education and ancillary services. Music therapy, as you have shown is needed, as indicative of her improving within the last two months.

  • 40 Randy 01/04/12 at 12:11 pm

    Immediately — due to the fact I have won several state complaints re the school district denied me a copy for a client at the IEP meeting, when the original IEP had already been completed during the IEP meeting. Would have been a carbon copy of the original.

    They (school) learned the hard way. Won 27 complaints against this district for one child, but ended up helping hundreds when I field a retaliation complain also (won), and a federal Office of Civil Rights Complaint against the whole ISD.

  • 41 Tina 11/12/11 at 9:01 pm

    I have a daughter with special needs. I fought for a year to get Music Therapy for my daughter. I finally approved it and got it added to her IEP. She has only had it for two months and I already see a huge progress. music therapy is helping her meet her goals. NOW we get a new director and he tells me he is taking music therapy off her IEP. He said that Music therapy is not certified in the state of california so that allows him to discontinue her music therapy without my consent and signiture. Can they take it out with out me signing the IEP agreeing to stop services? he said even if we go to due process i wont win because “music therapy is not certified in the state of california. PLEASE HELP

  • 42 Yasmeen 11/10/11 at 12:44 am

    We are at a new Charter school, they finally reviewed her IEP on October 7th and changed one thing. On her 1st quarter report card the newly hired ESE teacher checked that she had mastered 2 of her goals. I was surprised by this and asked for the data to support her comment. It turns out she was looking at an IEP that was in place 2 years ago. So today, November 9th, I received a copy of her new IEP that was amended on October 7th!!!

  • 43 Shane S. 10/11/11 at 10:23 am

    Our “current” plan has still not been received by us more than 5 weeks later. It was supposedly given to our son over 2 weeks ago to bring to us. But either he forgot to bring it home or was not given to him.

  • 44 Bonny 09/18/11 at 12:28 am

    I had to send a email advising a Public Charter school and the City Public School headquarters office an email asking why I did not get a copy of said IEP at the meeting. they never do provide me with a copy stating it must come from somewhere else. I am very disappointed with the IEP process in this City Public School system. My feeling is that they are only interested in stating a child has many special needs, but do not want to deliver the service. My son actually regressed with an IEP and the school board personnel told me that is the process and passed him to the 3rd grade. Not to mention my son has autism. I would advise anyone with a child with special needs to move out of this Public School district.

  • 45 Marc B 08/24/11 at 5:52 pm

    I hope someone can help me. I need to know what qualifications the psychologist must have in order to do the actual evaluation used to design the IEP. I’m in Texas if that makes a difference. I was told the doctor had to be an LSSP and then someone else talked about when that became law, TEA “grandfathered” in the doctors who had already been doing them. I just want the actual legal answer so a refer3ence to a book would be great too! Thanks.

  • 46 Kroll 06/06/11 at 5:00 pm

    Cse held May 2,2011. I have requested a draft copy of the IEP as they told me the IEP was not formalized yet. Whatever formalized means. It is June 6th. I still do not have a copy. I called NYSED and they said that they would contact the school for me. The school was out of compliance because Asst Tech that was approved in Jan is still not in place. I have filed a complaint with the state. The Jan IEP took six weeks, numerous calls and two letters before I received a copy. We are having another CSE in mid- June about the technology. I wanted to go through the IEP before the next meeting.

  • 47 Andrea 05/03/11 at 5:46 pm

    I usually end up waiting over two weeks. I would like to have it earlier, but I will give them around 2 weeks (14 days, including weekends) before I call and ask them what their progress is. I was not provided with an IEP at the meeting, but have a copy of the draft (which I got at the meeting, not before the meeting. I’m in Arizona, and I would say my school district has a very good special ed program, but my school tends to push the limits with how long they make me wait. As far as I know, there is no defined wait time here, so I just give them a nudge now and then to let them know that I’m waiting.

  • 48 Iesha 05/03/11 at 3:04 pm

    Okay. I had an IEP done as a child. My school does not have it. Neither does my mother. So apparently…we never received one. My question to yall is, How do I get a copy of my IEP if my school nor my mother has a copy of it, nor have ever had it? I really need to know this info asap…so I can get into school..I applied for college and I cannot get in with out it….Please someone help me with this….Thank you so much!

  • 49 karen j 05/02/11 at 1:06 pm

    My sons IEP team met in annual review last year and nothing difinitive was decided, it was anyone’s guess what the IEP would actually read when it was finalized. Then somewhere around the last week in August I received the “final IEP” for September. It had no idea what goals would be on it, the District decided that independent of us.

  • 50 Sharon L. 04/09/11 at 10:40 am

    When Do I Get a Copy of the IEP? by Tracy

    IT is nice of you to do that. I had to remind the school many times for many things. Remember the existing IEP still stands until they get the new one signed. They are the ones who are out of compliance and I guess do not care about that. It’s a shame.

    If it really hinders your child’s progress you can send a letter each time they pass the mark and save it. You can file a complaint with the state but if it does not hurt you than I would just continue to remind them and save your energy for battles with the school over other important issues.

  • 51 Tracy 04/06/11 at 10:18 am

    My school exceeds the 45 day rule every year. I call to remind that they passed it, and when it shows up in my mailbox, it’s always wrong so I have to call them again and then it takes longer to get it corrected

  • 52 Sue 03/07/11 at 6:10 pm

    I had to make two phone call and write a letter. Received it a month later and to add insult to injury it has a two month delayed start time? Jan 11th meeting and changes don’t go into effect until March 1st.

  • 53 Pat 01/26/11 at 12:08 pm

    At the school where I work, the parent is not given a copy of the IEP at the meeting. If the parent does not attend, and the meeting is held anyway, a copy is not mailed home to the parent right away. It is held until and IEP review committee can look over the IEP and then it is made official in our SER record keeping system. Sometimes this whole process can take as long as a month before the IEP facilitator returns the IEp to the homeroom teacher/case manager for a copy to be made and sent home to parents.

    I work in pupil appraisal at my school, but have had several teachers ask me why copies were not being given to parents or mailed home immediately.

    Please respond.

  • 54 David 01/19/11 at 4:07 am

    is there any way that as a child myself having special learning needs and after have had an i.e.p how can i obtain such a record, and am i elegable for any services as an adult now for the purpose of bettering my life…? please help.

  • 55 Sharon L. 11/07/10 at 8:44 pm

    Denice, This sounds like a DRAFT version of the IEP. We have received copies of the IEP without the signature page. Once we are satisfied we get together with the team and sign it or discuss any issues. This is typical of the school. I am not sure why they do it but it works out. Once you get the signatures you will receive a copy of the final official IEP.

  • 56 Denice 11/06/10 at 6:17 pm

    I received a copy of my childs IEP but it was missing the signature page and non of the boxes were checked on the cover page. Isn’t this wrong?

  • 57 Sharon 11/06/10 at 9:58 am

    Regina, Have you requested that the school do a multifactored test ? If not request one in writing and request that you need a response within 5 business days. After they get the request you need to check to see if the school has paperwork you need to sign for the testing because in our school if you do not sign their paperwork the 60 day clock does not start only after you sign their official papers requesting the test. After the testing is done you will have a meeting. Don’t sign anything until you have a chance to read the results and perhaps have an advocate/professional help you with it. If you do not like the results you may request an outside test to be done at the school’s expense and when that testing is complete reconvene with the school.

  • 58 Sharon 11/06/10 at 9:52 am

    Betsy, I usually get a DRAFT copy of the IEP before the meeting so I have a chance to read it, digest it and come up with comments, questions. After we have the meeting I NEVER sign it until the revised version is all typed up and I again have a chance to read it just in case they “accidentally” changed something which has happened and then it is hard to unchange. As far as timing, I am not sure.

  • 59 Regina 11/04/10 at 12:58 pm

    I am struggling as a single mom and a caregiver to my oldest daughter (21) and my youngest daughter (5). My oldest daughter suffered a TBI just before her senior year of high school and requires complete care. She doesn’t talk, walk or eat. She is still in high school. I am in a new school system and my youngest daughter has been diagnosed with Asperger’s and ADHD. She has many other problems with her vision, her motor skills and perception problems… etc… (long list). I don’t have any problems with my oldest child as far as the school district goes, but I do with my youngest. It seems they are so adamant that there are not any problems with my youngest that they feel the need to offer any services. We have had two meetings now (pre and K) and nothing has been accomplished. They will not return my calls. They dispute her diagnosis .

  • 60 Betsy 11/03/10 at 3:21 pm

    I’m trying to find out if 10 days is best practice or legally required. Does anyone know?

  • 61 Andrea 11/02/10 at 10:29 am

    We used to get a copy of the draft at the end of our IEP meetings, but now that we are in the Middle School I am being told we have to wait for the final from the district office. Our IEP meeting was over 30 days ago.

  • 62 Wrightslaw 08/27/10 at 1:42 pm

    Jenni: Is the “marked up draft” readable/understandable and does it clearly indicate the changes/decisions made at the IEP meeting? I guess if we look at 300.322(f), the regs require a “copy” be given to the parent, not necessarily a “clean” copy. Many parents are concerned because they are left with only a draft copy, then a clean copy produced later is a different document.

    Who prepared the draft? Were you involved? It’s not always possible to review and evaluate everything at the IEP meeting. US DOE Commentary states: “The public agency also should provide the parents with a copy of its draft proposals, if the agency has developed them, prior to the IEP Team meeting so as to give the parents an opportunity to review the recommendations of the public agency prior to the IEP Team meeting, and be better able to engage in a full discussion of the proposals for the IEP.” Find the citation in this article:

  • 63 Jenni 08/27/10 at 12:36 pm

    I have NEVER received a clean copy even at request. All the teacher does is mark through draft and put her intiials on it. I also request a copy of the IEP before the meeting and I get told we can review everything at the meeting.

  • 64 Pamela 08/16/10 at 3:16 pm

    A copy of the IEP is not provided unless parents request it. Even when they request it in writing, it is difficult to get a copy in a timely way.

  • 65 Missy 04/25/10 at 10:08 am

    My daughter is in 8th grade and we had her IEP/HS transition meeting this past Friday. In all these years, I received a printed copy of the IEP immediately after the meeting. I would always go over it and often there were mistakes, but a call or email to sped director would clear things up w/out a problem. After this last meeting, the sped director asked if they could send my IEP copy via PDF file. Caught off guard, I said ok. I’m sure they’re trying to save $$, but we pay a lot in taxes AND privately pay for extra tutoring and Home ABA program for our child. I think it’s the district’s responsibility to provide parents a printed hard copy of the IEP. At the IEP meeting we provide a parent input summary and there are other outside reports – I’m unclear how these are added to PDF file. I’ve sent sped email requesting hard copy.

  • 66 Wrightslaw 03/19/10 at 6:49 pm

    Jennifer – read these two articles. You’ll find what US DOE says about draft IEPs. and

    “The public agency also should provide the parents with a copy of its draft proposals, if the agency has developed them, prior to the IEP Team meeting so as to give the parents an opportunity to review the recommendations of the public agency prior to the IEP Team meeting, and be better able to engage in a full discussion of the proposals for the IEP.”

    Have you documented your request in writing in a letter to the school and documented the school’s refusal? You may also want to mention in your letter that you would hate to inconvenience everyone by having to request another IEP meeting since you may not prepared or able ” to engage in a full discussion of the proposals for the IEP” or if you needed more time and an “opportunity to review the recommendations of the public agency prior to the IEP Team meeting.”

  • 67 Jennifer 03/19/10 at 3:39 pm

    I have requested a copy of the proposed IEP before the 4/13/10 meeting and the case manager advised that they will be developing the IEP up until that day. They will not give me an advanced copy of the proposed IEP. Is this right?

  • 68 Lisa 02/15/10 at 2:25 pm

    I do not want to sound stupid, but what does an IEP look like or contain? My son is in second grade and we have numerous IEP meetings every school year. I have never received an IEP after any meeting.

  • 69 Sylvie 01/02/10 at 4:56 pm

    Here in Columbus Ohio, it must depend on the school. When my son was attending special-needs preschool, I always got a draft of his IEP before the meeting. We went over the revisions in the meeting and all signed off on it then. I got my copy of the final draft within 2 weeks. Now my son is in a public school, and we had our first IEP meeting in November. They did not have a draft ready to go over- we only looked at the previous IEP (which had previously expired w/out their knowledge). I had nothing to sign, and here we are nearly 2 months later STILL with nothing signed.. and no copy, either.

  • 70 DL 12/12/09 at 2:38 pm

    Went to IEP meeting, proposed changes, my proposals for the most part denied, but not documented as to the fact that I made the proposals and the reasons for denial….the school’s were documented, the IEP did NOT incl. what was agreed upon as far as what I had requested….measureable goals and HOW they would be measured, supports, removal of testing that was used as a basis but was never documented (no test doc avail), testing dates documented incorrectly, etc.Principal adversarial….not willing to work w/me and walked out of IEP mtg 2x, Do I have a specific amount of time to disagaree with final of IEP?

  • 71 ladonna 10/26/09 at 1:05 pm


    I am trying to find a copy of my daughters iep which she graduated in 2005 but to get her into a program that best fits her needs. I would like her iep from highschool.

  • 72 Stephanie 10/05/09 at 10:06 pm

    WHAT does the LAW say? Are team members required to provide at least a draft at the meeting? Within how many days does the law require school districts to provide the clean copy??

  • 73 David 09/14/09 at 10:01 am

    I am totally blind and the district cannot provide the IEP in a media for my review. I asked for the IEP to be sent in a PDF file, but their system is unable to do this. Braille is not feasible and I am now in the dark as to what my daughter’s goals are. The district sent my wife a print copy, but as I stated I am unable to read this IEP on my own.

    Our print copy of the IEP was sent to us four months late. The district stated no real good reason for the delay. We are having transportation difficulty as her feeder school is about 25 miles from our home. This school is the only one in IL that has the facilities for a child with low vision. We are wanting to send her to the school in our home district, but we are afraid they will not provide the vision equipment. Help.

  • 74 felix 08/28/09 at 1:50 pm

    At preschool level if there is not a school available, can the parent get an incomplete IEP?

  • 75 Lauralee 07/14/09 at 10:37 am

    Can a private school for special education be allowed to withhold a child’s IEP as a demand for payment on their tuition account?

    If not, can they be sued for failure to do so, under USC?

  • 76 Patricia 06/02/09 at 8:14 am

    According to the Supervisor of my district we are to recieve the IEP 15 days before the start ot the new school year. I had to call the county Supervisor because I believed that to be untrue. This Supervisor had to call the other supervisor to tell her to send me one. She stated that the case manager does not work in the summer and now had to call her in to complete it. I have had to send in a letter every year to “clear this up” that I would like a copy of my children’s IEP, since we have the meeting May 3rd of every year. The Supervisor of my district will only send me the IEP if I put my request in writing. In NJ.

  • 77 Teresa 05/10/09 at 12:57 pm

    My IEP was not given to me until the week before school started in September, because I just happened to be on the phone with someone there. Everyone else in the school district did not get theirs until Mid September. No one ever signs off on their IEP, the school district just passes implements the IEPS in the schools without the parents signing off on them.

  • 78 Madi 04/21/09 at 9:03 am

    During my first year teaching I did send a draft of my proposals to parents prior to meeting- many did not offer suggestions nor comment-
    I do have written copies of proposed IEPS at our meeting- we go over it thoroughly and write in any changes/additions or what-nots parents, other team members or advocates suggest-
    we input into our computer program- and if all goes well- print and hand out a clean, official new/revised copy with all signatures immediately after the meeting- if for some reasons a parent is unable to get a copy immediately- I make it my business to ensure that they receive a copy within two business days-
    I also send specifics on teaching strategies to some of my newer parents- so they can implement similar techniques at home-
    My district is quite diligent in ensuring that we follow the legal requirements!

  • 79 SusanB 04/17/09 at 5:22 am

    I do not leave the meeting without a copy. I politely tell them I will wait and even offer to make the copies if they need me to. Sometimes they will say they need to “clean” it up, I still tell them I will wait for my copy.

  • 80 kathy 04/16/09 at 6:30 pm

    On the East end of Long Island it can take several weeks to several months. Worse, no one documents the meetings. Notes are not taken so parents can’t get a copy and the meetings are only recorded when the parent does it.
    I just participated in a hearing this week where the Districts IEP, produced after a lengthy cde, had more than 30 errors on the goals and objectives and the district refuses to correct. It took over 8 months after filing the complaint to get a hearing, where the district finally agreed to fix it. All that time, this child’s IEP goals were wrong.

  • 81 lesa 04/14/09 at 9:39 am

    Before leaving the meeting, I kindly ask that I receive a copy of my child’s IEP. I had to learn this the hard way. I would receive a copy a day or two later and then found that all of my hard work was a waste because I didn’t have an original to compare with the IEP I received. I tape record the meetings also because that ensures that the things I’ve requested or addressed are there at my fingertips and for me to compare with the IEP. To ensure that my requests will be in the IEP, I make a checklist for every team member asking questions, how goal is being met, needs for modification, etc. because then I know how to word the goals in my child’s IEP to ensure that she actually has goals that will be measurable and beneficial to her functionally and academically. One word of advice, never leave the meeting without a copy.

  • 82 BKM 04/14/09 at 7:17 am

    Evidently, in NY there is no requirement for parents to sign an IEP, so all the advice on this site about signing or not signing IEPs is moot. We are in Westchester County, NY. We get a draft IEP about 2 weeks after the meeting, but the final copy is not sent to us until the school board meets, which can often be months later.

  • 83 C 03/17/09 at 5:26 pm

    I haven’t received my childs updated IEP yet. It has been 2 weeks. It had many new accomodations and I’m concerned that the Principal is trying to change it.

    My child was suppose to receive counseling and hasn’t received any as of yet.

  • 84 Wrightslaw 03/05/09 at 10:18 am


    Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, p. 248.

    Federal special education regulations – 34 CFR § 300.322(f):
    “Parent copy of child’s IEP. The public agency must give the parent a copy of the child’s IEP at no cost to the parent.”

  • 85 Lynne 03/03/09 at 11:20 pm

    This article is like a riddle. It would be so much more helpful if this article actually quoted the law that parents could cite to their district that they have an obligation to provide a copy of the IEP.

  • 86 Melissa 03/02/09 at 10:29 am

    Readily available by end of meetings from 2004-2007. This stopped once we increased advocacy in 2007. Now they need time to summarize agreements and determine phrasing. This has caused major problems (agreements missing or changed) and State now provides Iep meeting facilitator and notetaker in all Iep meetings. State claims that District can have extra time to complete paperwork outside of the meeting. So problems remain and it appears that facilitator is more of a formality (state won’t allow him to act as a witness to agreements) and notes are only as good as the notetaker. Audio recordings reveal everything but are generally ignored.

  • 87 Dad2Luke 11/07/08 at 9:18 pm

    Before computers we got the IEP in the meeting. Now with computerization it is a couple of weeks of polishing before we see it. But maybe that is also before I had not read FETA, and now I have.

  • 88 Dianna 11/03/08 at 9:59 am

    ISD in Austin, Texas refuses to provide a copy of IEP at meeting. The district states that they need to clean it up and “finalize” it. Even when I specifically asked for a copy (it was sitting right there on the table) the district refused. They also refused to provide an immediate copy of the minutes of the meeting, also stating that they needed to “finalize” it.

    Does the IDEA address this refusal?

  • 89 brenda 11/02/08 at 5:49 pm

    How do I write a letter requesting an 1 on 1 aid for my son who is in special day clas?

  • 90 E. Delgado 10/26/08 at 7:44 pm

    It’s very easy to get a copy of the IEP from our district. They give it to you immediately after the meeting and never charge you if you want an extra copy sent to your home.

  • 91 DR 10/25/08 at 3:09 pm

    We never get a copy of the IEP until weeks after the meeting. By then, the director forgot what the team had agreed to, and when parents point out the “oversight” and omissions, she claims they are requesting changes.

  • 92 Savitri 10/23/08 at 1:57 pm

    My CPSE to CSE transition meeting was held on 4/9/08 and after repeated requests, I received it three weeks before school started in Sept. It was incomplete. I called Albany and NYS Special Ed Reps and no one was able to tell me when I should have received the IEP. I was later informed by the NY State Rep that there is really no specific turnaround time. Is that the case? Thanks

  • 93 Brenda 10/22/08 at 9:49 am

    Since the district knows who I am and the accountability I hold them to, my son’s IEP is printed after each page is completed and handed to me at the end of the meeting with a comment of – I know you don’t sign but if you could read this and sign as soon as possible it would be appreciated. Other parents in my district are not given one at the time of the meeting, or are told that it is illegal to give them a copy and they must sign immediately.

  • 94 Tom 10/21/08 at 8:46 am

    We won out placement for our child a couple of years ago; The LEA Rep that attends our IEP Meetings enters all data on the form via laptop then prints and distributes it at the end of the meeting…

  • 95 Mary Kay 10/20/08 at 3:58 pm

    My school district gives me a copy, after every meeting, we wait until they are done writing up the IEP. We have someone write down changes on a blank forms, I am given a rough draft of goals a week prior to the meeting and changes are made at the IEP meeting.

    I don’t know if this is done for everyone like this in my district, but this is how it is done for my three children.

  • 96 Ann 10/18/08 at 8:48 am

    I got my copy of the IEP before I left the meeting because I insisted on it and waited for it to be copied for me. I think the school would’ve been just as happy to mail it to me at a later time.

  • 97 Denise 10/12/08 at 1:27 pm

    I don’t receive a copy until I ask. Recently I have been having difficulty getting copies of evaluations…physical therapy and full communication evaluation. I finally received the written PT eval but am still waiting for the communication eval. It has been one week since the written request and over a month since the evaluation. We had an IEP meeting about the evaluation a month ago.

  • 98 Cheryl 10/10/08 at 8:42 pm

    In our SE Pennsylvania school district I am provided with a draft copy of the IEP prior to the meeting. I am encouraged to read it and note any questions or changes I have. We go over this draft at the IEP conference and if there are no changes then those team members in attendance sign the IEP. Usually one team member is absent – the principal of the school – and I receive a copy of the IEP once all the signatures have been affixed. I’ve never had to wait longer than two days and I’ve never had to chase down a copy of the IEP for my records.

  • 99 Jessy 10/10/08 at 11:30 am

    In Iowa, schools are allowed to present parents with “draft” IEP’s at the initial IEP meeting. These “drafts” are fully complete with the placement decision already made, goals defined and services identified. It’s obvious the IEP Team has met without parents prior to the initial IEP meeting to develop this “draft.”

    Parents are left having to defend themselves if they disagree with anything on the “draft” IEP, therefore; it’s really not a draft at all, but a finallized IEP. Parental input is actively discouraged.
    It’s always several days before parents are given the final IEP and it always looks very much like the first “draft.”

  • 100 Wrightslaw 10/09/08 at 4:01 pm

    Lynne: I think you hit the nail when you say that the people who teach your daughter are all focused on providing quality educational services.

    I know some school administrators are hard to deal with but we’ve met some impressive folks over the years – including several sped directors who brought us to their districts to provide Wrightslaw training programs for their parents (despite intense criticism).

    I’m glad to hear we were able to help on your advocacy journey. Building a good team is so important! For folks who want to know how to get started, read the Yellow Pages User Guide at

  • 101 Lynne 10/09/08 at 9:47 am

    My school district in Massachusetts thinks they are far above the law, so it’s always important to make sure I document everything said and agreed upon by the TEAM. When I finally get a copy of the IEP (it can take MANY weeks) I always compare it word by word to any drafts or notes from myself and other TEAM members. I am very fortunate that the service delivery people teaching my daughter are all focused on providing my daughter with appropriate services even if their administrators are not. My daughter has the luxury of having a very cohesive team, minus the school district administration.

    Thank you Wrights Law for helping me learn strategies to build an effective team for my child. I don’t think I could have been as successful as I have been without your guidance.

  • 102 Melody 10/08/08 at 1:27 am

    I am a special education teacher. Our district has provided laptops to us so that changes can be made during the meeting and a clean copy can be provided to the parent at the meeting. Some parents don’t want to wait around the extra 5 minutes to get everything printed and copied. I don’t understand that as I am trying to make sure they have ALL the information that is in their child’s file.

  • 103 Sarah 10/05/08 at 11:20 pm

    How can I get them to include Music Therapy in my sons IEP? This is his means of communication. Their arguement is that they feel they do enough music in the class that it is not needed.

  • 104 Hadassah 10/03/08 at 11:18 pm

    In our community just north of Los Angeles, our school district uses a computer program to complete the IEP during the meeting. At the end of the meeting, the IEP is read out loud so that the entire team can agree to it. The signature page actually has different places for noting attendance and agreement (I’m not sure that the school’s personnel truly understand this “fine” point), we’ve always been asked to sign noting our attendance, not our agreement.

    I have had to make corrections to the IEP, and have been able to do so and gotten my copy back in a timely manner. A bigger concern I’ve had is that our daughter’s case manager was in charge of note taking during the IEP meetings — which kept her from participating. I had to make a formal request to have someone else take notes to change this.

  • 105 Dolores 10/03/08 at 7:56 pm

    We receive copy of IEP about 1 week prior to meeting date. I send IEP goals and objectives about 2 weeks prior to IEP date. My goals and objectives are then incorporated into a rough draft. I get the rough draft about 1 week prior to IEP. At IEP we go over the plan. If there are any changes we make them on the draft. I get final clean copy within 2 days of final meeting.

  • 106 Toni 10/03/08 at 9:30 am

    In my town in New Jersey for the past 2 years it took over 5 months for me to get a copy of the IEP!!

  • 107 Rob 10/03/08 at 7:12 am

    Being a SpEd teacher and parent of a special needs son, I have what I believe is a reasonable attitude regarding the ridiculous amount of paperwork that has to be processed and the urgency we parents feel regarding the school’s plan for educating our children. I’m more than willing to give a day or so after the IEP meeting to allow draft changes to be properly inserted/deleted. The feeling of resentment is never too distant in these relationships, anyway, so why not allow a little breathing room?

  • 108 Mishelle 10/02/08 at 11:57 pm

    I have never at this point had to ask for a copy as it was waiting for me on the table at the IEP meeting. If for some reason I didn’t see a plan to work from I always have one that I bring just in case. I am lucky that I have such supportive Teacher’s

  • 109 Robin 10/02/08 at 2:56 pm

    I had to learn the hard way about having the IEP change what was agreedupon during the meeting, causing me to call another meeting. Thankfully, I recorded the meeting and played the part back when the school tried to change the goal. I also learned that when you have an IEP meeting teleconferenced, have them fax you a copy before the meeting ends. The school is not happy about waiting around, but it cleared up several points that made the IEP look like I agreed with several key area’s where I clearly voiced my concerns. After a couple of meetings they realized I wanted a copy before the meetings ended, and a clean copy sometimes followed when I could not read the writing.

  • 110 Sydney 10/01/08 at 9:32 pm

    Even though my district gives me a copy of the IEP immediately, it is usually lacking all of the information covered or the items that I have asked to be included. There seems to be a slant in the direction of the favor to the sped ed department and usually to the disadvantage of my child.

  • 111 Ruth 10/01/08 at 9:05 pm

    I usually get a copy of the IEP within a week, but I think its reasonable . They usually have to make “corrections”.

  • 112 Pamela 10/01/08 at 8:10 pm

    In our district you receive your IEP in two mailing with no explaination as to how to put everything together. The IEP is handwritten in cursive and getting it corrected is extremely rare.

    I have used the wonderful letters from Wrightslaw as a guide to get corrections made. It is interesting all I have accomplished is making people really mad that I am documenting.

  • 113 Kris 10/01/08 at 7:24 pm

    IEPs copies are given out right after we complete the meeting. Teacher send out a rough draft copy of the IEPs before the meeting so we can see what their thoughts and and how they tried to incorporate the info. we give them on our parent and student questionnaires. We then meet and discuss any changes we as team (meaning teachers and parents) need to make. I then leave with a copy that day even if we have written all over it. I have never had a problem.

  • 114 Nancy 10/01/08 at 5:13 pm

    Because of the Teacher changing every year its like starting over each year! Why do have a hard time keeping Special Education Teachers?

  • 115 Jon 10/01/08 at 2:05 pm

    They provided me with a draft in advance of the IEP meeting and began services prior to the meeting for my kindergarten student. It is an excellent IEP.

  • 116 Dieter 10/01/08 at 11:59 am

    We did get a copy of the IEP at the end of the meeting, the “plan” has gone accordingly to the “SD” my son failed to read the IEP over night. He should have ask more informed questions to help his daughter and possibly get a better understanding of the programs at P. I (son’s dad) went to many workshops I was not prepared what happened, it is the “SD” and only the “SD” that set’s tune of the “game”. There is no family involvement. (dissappionted) I will insist of a better relationship next year. Dieter

  • 117 Stacy 10/01/08 at 11:55 am

    My son has been on a stay-put IEP since November 2007. The district has refused to respond to my request for mediation. We did meet 3 weeks ago and spent 2 1/2 hours going over all aspects of the IEP I rejected. I was told I would recieve a new version in 2 weeks. The entire process is so frustrating!

  • 118 Jewles 10/01/08 at 10:15 am

    Texas: Use to be within 1-2 days — if I made changes; Same day if I make no changes.

    After studying (and becoming “knowledgeable”) WrightsLaw — never leave meeting without it — PERIOD.

  • 119 Brenda 10/01/08 at 8:48 am

    Never sign an IEP at the meeting unless you agree 100% with everything in the IEP. Also, number the pages and initial them. If you ever go to due process, some school districts will remove pages or change the pages at a later time. ALWAYS, have all interventions and related services included in IEP – SD’s intentionally omit the services in the IEP and the minutes. I have had the SD change records, luckily I have several copies of all documentation.

  • 120 kbj 10/01/08 at 8:42 am

    In our district you recieve a “draft IEP” at the meeting that has been written before you arrive. Because of that it often feels like you are not contributing to the plan but hearing about what has been planned.

  • 121 Beth 10/01/08 at 6:15 am

    It is easy to get a copy of an IEP with the IU in our district. Have only delt with pre-school at this point.

  • 122 Donna 09/30/08 at 10:27 pm

    My school district is a total loss in our lives. I may have left the meeting with a copy of the IEP (notes, cross outs and changes on it), and to ask for a clean copy would have been cause for a huge delay. Even when instructed to fill out amendments and get them to me for signature it was not done…….then they could come back and say that what was agreed on never happened. There’s one supervisor that’s considered to be the SATAN of all SpED people and this person is disliked by all parents.

  • 123 David1 09/30/08 at 9:59 pm

    With the various timeframes given in this blog, my question is at what point does the child’s teachers get a copy of the IEP?

    Having the electronic version allows you to email the IEP to the teachers who leave as soon as they sign the document that they have just committed to memory.

    This also allows them to have quick access to it in the event that their memory isn’t working so well.

  • 124 Cheryl 09/30/08 at 8:42 pm

    As an ECSE teacher, I prefer to make a copy of the IEP and give it to the parents at the end of the meeting. Sometimes meetings run long, and I have back-to-back meetings. In those cases, I ask the parents if I may send the copy of the IEP home the next school day with their child.

  • 125 Dansmom 09/30/08 at 7:14 pm

    We get a draft IEP before the meeting and I always send in goals/objectives from our standpoint as parents and from our son’s standpoint … although they always seem to appreciate the things I send in, they never, in part or whole, make it onto the IEP but I always give a copy of them to the teacher on the first or second day of school the next year anyway.
    When we leave the IEP meeting we have an updated draft copy in hand, and get the clean copy for our signatures within a couple of days. We do not sign at the meeting because I want the chance to review and ruminate what is written.
    I’ll admit I am viewed as one of “those” parents (with the eye-roll of course) but as our interactions have grown at the school outside the IEP process, it is beginning to be a more positive thing to be one of “those” parents …

  • 126 Cindy 09/30/08 at 7:09 pm

    I have been given one before I leave the school or if I do not have time to wait then I am able to pick it up when I return to get JK It is very important to go over and over it because mistakes are made. Currently we have a great team but it has taken alot of patience and understanding from both sides. It seems to get better when they realized that YOU WILL be involved and that THEY HAVE to work with you. A parent has to be willing to dedicate their time and lots of it

  • 127 Eileen 09/30/08 at 6:53 pm

    I have been told 2x at IEP meetings that School Board approval was needed before I could receive a copy of my son’s IEP. Both times there was a change in placement recommendations.

  • 128 Teri 09/30/08 at 6:30 pm

    I am a special ed teacher/case manager. The county I am in now in GA (as do many other counties) requires that I give a copy when the meeting is over of the final version of the IEP. We do have a computer program (I’ve done them by hand too, though!) and so it is relatively easy to make the changes in the meeting and print them off for the parent. This allows us to take a draft in to the meeting and get the parent’s input (which should be going on prior to the meeting as well!) and fix it there. The problem I find is that it is hard to proof a document when everyone is waiting to go, especially if it has run long! I do believe that the IEP is like a contract and that no one should leave without a copy (or for other team members than parents, access to a copy) of what they, as a team member, agreed to!

  • 129 Sherry 09/30/08 at 5:25 pm

    We are teaching our parents in the Northern California Area to get the copy at the meeting, they don’t have to have it signed by them if they don’t understand what they have read and to give themselves time to soak it in before they sign it (99.9%). IF there is some things they do agree with and understand or services are clear to them of course sign it, with stipulations that its not all agreed upon but I am consenting to X services.

  • 130 beatriz 09/30/08 at 4:55 pm

    After several attempts in writing my attorney had to request it, and the IEP was received the day before our hearing!

  • 131 Debra 09/30/08 at 4:54 pm

    I have moved several times in the course of my children’s schooling, including changing states three times. I have always recieved the IEP the day of the meeting, either immediately or coming home (in a sealed envelope) with my child at the end of that day.

  • 132 Sheryl 09/30/08 at 4:28 pm

    They will take conference notes, but the notes do not reflect the truth of what was said. They change times for services without discussing it with us. My child is non-verbal, we cannot get anyone to give her an augmentive communication assessment. They give her devices that she cannot access.

  • 133 Linda 09/30/08 at 2:13 pm

    In our district in MO, it usually takes 2-3 weeks to get a ‘clean’ copy of the IEP. I am handed a draft at the IEP meeting and I write everything on this draft. Then since I don’t get a copy of the draft before the meeting, I always have to take it home to ‘discuss with my husband to be sure he agrees with everything discussed.’ Last Spring it took 7 IEP meetings to get a final copy done because things discussed and agreed to weren’t included and I had detailed notes on what was agreed to, who agreed, and who was responsible for the changes.

  • 134 Stacey 09/30/08 at 2:13 pm

    If the district brings a “draft” copy of your child’s IEP – you should already have a copy of it. By law, it should have been provided to you in advance. Therefore, once the IEP is discussed and finalized and everyone present has signed. They should make a copy for every team member. You should not leave that meeting without a copy of every evaluation, note from teacher, etc. that is discussed during that meeting. It is your child’s right!!

  • 135 Karen 09/30/08 at 1:34 pm

    I do not leave any meeting with out a copy of what ever has been discussed. It is very hard to advocate well with out a good papertrail to refresh my understanding.

  • 136 Estella 09/30/08 at 1:26 pm

    At our Son’s IEP meeting we go over the IEP. If we need to add anything to the IEP, notes are added to put in the IEP Draft copy. After the meeting we receive a copy of the IEP. In a day or so the updated copy is submitted to us. I have had a good experience in receiving the IEP. I do appreciate Wrightslaw. The information has really helped me to prepare for IEP meetings. In preparing in advance you can implement what your child needs to meet their educational needs fully. Thanks

  • 137 2Heidi 09/30/08 at 1:07 pm

    I’m in Va and have found since showing up at my IEP meetings with some of my law library on IDEA and my tape recorder generally results in having all documentation delivered right there and then or same day- either at the meeting or home in a backpack. When I requested a blank copy in advance, I had a draft copy instead delivered in two days. It was not at all appropriate or very useful but it was a start. I left my draft IEP meeting with a copy of the pending unapproved document. My team knows I mean business and have educated myself and they respond accordingly, at least so far.

  • 138 Dana 09/30/08 at 12:51 pm

    We do get a copy right away but have learned to look at it very carefully before leaving. One year several pages regarding feeding therapy conveniently disappeared. We had to remind the principal that several people in the room (not district employees) had been present for the 20 min. discussion of those goals before she arranged a meeting to reinsert the pages. The bigger question is: are the goals actually being implemented? I discovered that my son’s goals of learning to use playground equipment, turn-taking, and other play-related social interactions during recess had been unilaterally replaced by a “walking program”. He never went outside and his aide walked him up and down the hallway. Shortly after telling me this his aide was replaced by someone who had “worked for the district a long time”.

  • 139 Paula 09/30/08 at 12:43 pm

    In my district, in suburban Cincinnati, OH, since we start with an already developed “draft” IEP, many changes can occur. Rather than actually rethinking the way we handle the “draft” IEP process, we often have to ask the parent to wait until changes are made on the computer, so we have a “clean” IEP to keep. The turn around time for sending the “clean” IEP averages 2 days. But for parents who insist on having the signed IEP in hand when they leave, many of the staff can get changes done then and there! I encourage parents to not be nice and to get the IEP before they leave, but many will not assert that much. I will renew my efforts to get parents to be more assertive!

  • 140 Elizabeth 09/30/08 at 11:29 am

    I have 2 boys with autism in Macomb County, Michigan. I leave with a copy of the IEP in my hands.

  • 141 Jennifer 09/30/08 at 10:58 am

    Our wonderful school district gives us a draft copy BEFORE the IEP meeting so we can review it and be prepared. We then get a copy when we leave the meeting with any changes noted. I also prepare a list of our goals for the boys and give it to the team members before the meeting, combining our personal goals at home, and the goals of my boys outside providers (OT, Speech, ABA). Everyone is on the same page and it makes for a very pleasant meeting where we talk about how wonderful the boys are!
    Proud mom of Matthew and Ryan
    Washington State

  • 142 Steve 09/30/08 at 10:47 am

    Our school district uses outdated carbon paper copy IEP forms. Most school districts in Michigan have gone to computer forms. The use of carbon paper cory forms allows them to tear out a copy for you at the close of the IEP, however the form needs updating to reflect changes in special ed. law that have occured since the printing of the forms, and this has caused problems.

  • 143 Terrie 09/30/08 at 10:45 am

    In Ripon, California, it is very easy to get a copy of the IEP at the meeting. Sometimes they have it ready for us before the IEP meeting even starts. The problem is that it is not worth the paper it is printed on. The other problem is getting them to attach the parents concerns, BIPs, and other important information. Of course there are always errors all the way through the IEP and we spend the year going to 6 IEP meetings getting them fixed, but the IEP still isn’t worth anything because the Districts never offer what your child really needs. It all comes down to MONEY. Our district likes to spend it on due process instead of programs for the children.

  • 144 Jan 09/30/08 at 10:41 am

    It usually takes several days to receive the IEP from my school but I never thought of this as unreasonable. Good point that there is no reason for it to take that long. Thank you!

  • 145 Jill 09/30/08 at 10:10 am

    I am a Parent Advocate where I run into this issue quite frequently. Many districts come to the meeting with a DRAFT IEP, but then collect them after the meeting. Often parents do not receive their IEP for several days after the meeting, most have to call the district to ask, “When am I going to receive it?”

  • 146 Tricia 09/30/08 at 10:02 am

    I usually get a copy of the IEP with notes when I leave the meeting. It is hard to read. I usually have to request sometimes more than once a revised copy of the IEP and never get the IEP minutes that I request. Comments that I know were made in the meeting usually do not make it into the final IEP. OR the statements that were made or the dicussions that happened in the meeting with the entire IEP Team are recorded in the IEP in the schools favor. Or either the statements name the parents and have negative comments.

  • 147 cal 09/30/08 at 10:02 am

    At our last IEP meeting, they said they were having computer problems. When we got a copy of the IEP a few days later, it had NONE of the changes made to it. So the moral of the story is: don’t ever leave without your copy!!!!

  • 148 Harriet 09/30/08 at 10:00 am

    I am a parent of two children with LDs in Massachusetts. In
    7 years my district has never given me the IEP draft after a meeting. In the past it could take two months before we had an IEP. In the past 4 years that has changed and I receive it within two weeks but the IEP is never correct there is always something missing that we agreed upon or the wording is too vague… So add another 2 weeks to the process.

  • 149 Amber 09/30/08 at 9:48 am

    We live in Florida, and my 9 year old daughter has PKU, which is a metabolic disorder that can cause some learning disablilities, when we lived in Michigan she got resource time in school, and was doing pretty good. We moved to Florida and no one wants to help her, we have had one charter school refuse to take her and two public schools, she is in fourth grade, and has an IEP ( other health impaired) but is at 2nd grade level, she deserves to get an education. How do I go about getting what she needs and making these schools help her and keep her as a student.

    Thank you

  • 150 Dean 09/30/08 at 9:42 am

    We used to be a Xerox copy of the IEP at the end of the meeting. About a year ago everything was computerized and now it takes a couple of weeks to get a copy. And usually that copy has problems. We are also getting better at advocating, and we wonder if this is a delaying tactic.

  • 151 Barbara 09/30/08 at 9:34 am

    I just had to chase my son’s IEP paper work down. But I wasn’t surprised, after all it took 4 years from my Initial certified letter to the school district asking for testing and an IEP to receieve my request. Now that I have it in my hand I’m pulling him out of the goverment schooling system. I’m going to homeschool him just like I had to do with his 2 older sbilings.

  • 152 Marie 09/30/08 at 9:27 am

    There is absolutely no reason why you should wait more than 15 minutes after the IEP meeting. This allows time to make copies for all interested parties. I find it very disturbing if you must wait to get the information longer than that amount of time. It gives the transcriber too much opportunity to add or delete information all parties agreeded to on the plan. I have been in IEP case conferences when it seemed like the members of the school team were a secret society; but also when everything was open and above board. As I am no longer in the classroom (I am going to school to be a counselor) this site has given me so many tools for my counselor tool box. I have always advocated for the student; I now feel better prepared with all of this information.

  • 153 Libby 09/30/08 at 9:17 am

    During the ARC meeting, at my son’s school, the IEP is actually done on their computer, which projects on a screen for all to see. Once the ARC meeting is over, I immediately receive a copy.

    I like the way the school does this, because it allows time for discussion and less writing.

  • 154 Cheryl 09/30/08 at 9:12 am

    It’s difficult to get a copy of my son’s IEP from our school district soon after a Committee on Special Education meeting has taken place. It is about one month before the updated IEP, including meeting minutes and goal changes, is available and even then it is stamped “DRAFT” until the Board of Education approves it. I give 2 days prior notice that I will be making an audio recording of the meeting because the minutes have historically not included all of my objections & suggestions nor are the discussions that took place represented accurately – sometimes it is necessary for me to send a letter requesting corrections and inclusions be made to the IEP/meeting minutes. My district sends a letter sometimes stating that they do not recall the events as I do, despite my audio recording quotes, but attached my letter to the IEP as per FERPA.

  • 155 John 09/30/08 at 8:42 am

    Saddleback Valley School District, Orange County, Calif. I write a letter (emailed and faxed) making a written request for the draft copy of the goals, reports, data sheets, 5 days in advance of an IEP. At the most recent IEP meetings, the Program Specialist has made changes on the fly – during the IEP meeting. So we leave with revised IEP. Our meetings last 3-4 hours, sometimes spanning two days. In the past we would have revised IEPs within 1-2 days.

  • 156 Kerry 09/30/08 at 8:39 am

    Our IEP experience is not normal in more than a few ways, even for our school district, which has a very sour reputation. I have not accepted an IEP in over 3 years. We are still negotiating, and now my son is 18, So we’re discussing how he can get the education and transition services he’s been asking for since freshman year of high school in a college setting with kids his age. So the concept of an actual working IEP is really foreign to me at this point.

  • 157 maureen 09/30/08 at 8:30 am

    I write and circulate parent concerns in advance of the meeting. Other team members work on goals with my input before the meeting. If all is going well (i.e., my child is making adequate progress), we know that well before the meeting and the meeting itself becomes a non-event.

    I talk to the staff “on the ground” with my daughter all the time: in person, via email and in notes back and forth. No one likes surprises. If I have a problem or they need to lead me to a difficult conclusion, we work it out before the meeting. That way, parents and teaching staff are on the same page at the meeting. Higher ups get a preview from staff so they are not surprised either and can send appropriate decision makers to the meeting.
    This works for me.It would not work for parents who are not able to be in constant touch throughout the year

  • 158 Marti 09/30/08 at 8:13 am

    Usually I do not sign at the IEP meeting because I do not know exactly what was written in it during the meeting. They print it up right after the meeting and gove me a copy. I ask for a few days to read it over and then I sign if it is OK. If it is not, I start making calls and ask for another ARD/IEP meeting (by email)in 10 days to revise the document.

  • 159 Michelle 09/30/08 at 8:01 am

    As per our current CT regs, LEA’s have five business days to get the final copy of the IEP to parents. Parents are NEVER given a copy of the IEP before they leave and IEP meeting. Our regs are currently in revision. Our state DOE wanted to leave out any directive or timeline as to when parents must receive the final copy of the IEP. There was huge public outcry over this; parents NEED this final copy ASAP and LEA’s NEED a specific directive (timeline) when this must be accomplished. The final revised regs are not out yet but I believe the timeline will remain 5 business days after an IEP meeting.

  • 160 Ann 09/30/08 at 7:44 am

    I am an RSP teacher and I make a copy of the IEP at the end of the meeting so that the parents can have it in their hands before they leave.
    Unfortunately, I do not trust our school district and I am constantly advocating for my students and offer suffer the consequences from my superiors.
    I always advise parents that they are the best advocates for their children.

  • 161 Kathy 09/30/08 at 7:43 am

    In Oklahoma, I always obtained a copy to anything and everything that was produced in a meeting to make decisions, during the meeting. I want a hard copy in front of me. The school is an institution, so they have access to a copy machine and someone in which to copy data. Parents are equal members of the IEP Team and the well-informed is one that has the data required to make the appropriate decisions. If a parent feels enforced then they can enforce the responsibilities of the district, via the IEP. If you sign your name, get a legible copy, immediately. For the district do so otherwise, is to negate the parents as an insignificant team member. When you ‘sign’ your John/Jane Doe on the dotted line…..write in that you will receive a copy of the document, immediately, or on the parent input document and attach it to the IEP.

  • 162 Michelle 09/30/08 at 7:36 am

    I have had to send a registered Letter to the Super to get a copy of my sons last IEP.

  • 163 Cynthia 09/30/08 at 7:32 am

    We lived in Orange County, NY and in our school district we would recieve the IEP in draft for right after the meeting and the final copy 5-10 days later. Every request had to be written and it was to your benefit to document the phone calls by writing down the time, name of the person you talked to and the reason for your call.
    We currently live in Wake County, NC and our son’s teacher leads the meeting. She fills out the draft version of the IEP and works with everyone very closely to see that his needs are met. We get the draft at the meeting and then within a week we get the final copy. What works to our benefit with our sons current IEP is that his teacher has a son of her own on the spectrum.

  • 164 Karen 09/30/08 at 7:28 am

    Normally I get a copy of the IEP immediately. At our last IEP I asked (I asked at the meeting) for an additional plan to be developed with the district psychologist – I have yet to be informed as to the results of that (2 weeks). I love the idea of providing the thumb drive for a copy right then since the district is now doing everything via computer.

  • 165 Evelyn 09/30/08 at 7:23 am

    When I had my son IEP in April 2008 at CPSE, I received a copy the day of his IEP meeting. I then make multiple copies myself and sent to the districit office for kindergarten placement in ensure that I could great a school that fitted his needs. Very important to stay on top of the eduacation and be a strong advocate for your child.

  • 166 MHJ 09/30/08 at 7:12 am

    In Syracuse it can take 3-6 weeks to get the IEP. When you ask about the timeline to receive the copy in the mail–they fudge the response and talk about how many others they need to get out.

  • 167 Naomi 09/30/08 at 7:08 am

    I have three children with Asperger’s and have seen it all from the school. Usually, I will get a “place card” at the end of the Team meeting. It has taken up to 2 months for me to get an IEP and that is after letters, phone calls, etc. Once in awhile I will get it within 10 days but this is rare. Next comes getting them to impliment the IEP. Another full time job.

  • 168 Lilli 09/30/08 at 7:01 am

    In my son’s school district the administration are favoring single mothers, autism and asberger’s mothers. The Director of Intervention Services is a single mother and a she is favoring all of the single mothers, especially the ones who send their child to a private school and coe back to the public school.

  • 169 Vera 09/30/08 at 6:53 am

    In Maryland the problem is that they are now required to input the IEP into a computer program. It becomes a problem because there are only 1 or 2 persons at the IEP meeting who know how the program works, and they are still in the learning curve. The only thing I was able to get at the table at my last meeting was the first couple of pages, and I requested a copy of the signatures from the team attending on the front page. Even when I did received the “clean copy” about a week later, it was still full of incorrect or inaccurate information and was not complete.

  • 170 Connie 09/30/08 at 6:39 am

    There were so many corrections to be made I had to wait 24 hours for the corrections and a copy to be made. It took us 1 1/2 hours to go over the IEP. It was her second and she is in PreK. She is a special needs, 5 year old with PDD/ADHD. We fought to keep her in the LRE and the result was to have an out of town Autism specialist be in contact with the teacher 15 minutes every week for any problems. The teacher is also trained in autism. We have the best of both worlds. She will need Speech/Language re-evaluation and they have 60 school days once the new IEP is singned to find an outside source to do that evaluation. We were very happy with this IEP and than Wright’s Law for all the help in preparing us.

  • 171 Margaret 09/30/08 at 6:34 am

    I often accompany parents to IEP meetings in Virginia. I find that teams, when asked, will xerox the revised IEP on the spot and give that copy to the parents. The problem the parents encounter is that it often is very difficult for them to get a “clean” copy. They need that clean copy to make certain that the changes were actually made on the final copy. David’s thumb drive idea (below) is great.

  • 172 Ron 09/30/08 at 6:25 am

    Works a little differently in England. The IEP is very comprehensive and includes medical, social, speech, pschological appendixes in thier own right that support the Statement of Special Education Need = to U.S. IEP.

    The IEP is much more whole person concept in the U.K. and not solely focused on access to education. Our SEN is about 40 pages in all.

    You get a proposal and have two weeks to review and comment and send back. This goes back and forth until parent is compelety satisfied. The district is a partner with a parent to provide the school everything it needs to support unique child needs. I prefer the treat of special needs kids here in the U.K. as it is all about the child. Education is socialized here so cost is much lower.


  • 173 Karen 09/30/08 at 5:53 am

    I actually receive a working copy of the IEP at least a week before so that I can go over it and suggest changes. After the meeting, the Intervention Specialist walks us out and stops at the copy machine and hands us a copy then mails us the corrected “Computer” copy when the changes have been made.

  • 174 susant 09/29/08 at 10:10 pm

    My personal experience in Texas, if you didn’t disagree to any of the goals and you accepted what they gave you at the ARD meeting you get a copy then/there. My experience is all of the IEP goals are drafted by the ISD prior to the meeting as they do not welcome parental involvement in the process. If you disagreed or wanted to add your goals, they will try to sell you on why their goals cover the same information in a vague way, so that they are not specific, just vague, if that’s the case, it can take a while to get them back.

  • 175 David1 09/29/08 at 8:08 pm

    In SC once you make a request that you would like to have a copy of the IEP meeting minutes along with your copy of the IEP, you should be able to leave the meeting with both of them,

    We have even provided a thumb drive for the IEP team to save an electronic copy of the IEP, when their printer was down.

  • 176 karenRZ 09/29/08 at 3:11 pm

    We usually get a handwritten fill in the blanks draft copy, but it can be hard to read. I usually have to send the IEP back at least twice [this past year three times] due to inaccuracies or other errors for corrections. I really have to use a fine-toothed comb to review anything sent by this case manager!

  • 177 Sharon 09/29/08 at 2:56 pm

    In NYC the team will hand you a copy of the IEP if everything has gone according to “plan”. If there are changes or additions that need to be made, they will send you a copy of the IEP within 10 business days. Naturally, there are often glitches, (the team forgets), and the IEP never arrives. In such a case, we go down to the district office in person and request the copy while we wait.

    I have frequently found that the district will ignore letters or phone calls, and say they never received them. If you are standing in front of them, they usually want to get rid of you so you get the IEP relatively quickly.

    Sharon :)