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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?"


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?


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.


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


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?

Sharon L.

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.