Evaluations: TIMING OF TRIENNIAL EVALUATIONS

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Carol:  An evaluation was done in July 2013 and an IEP was generated for the 2013-2014 school year and then again for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. My school district says that it is not time for the triennial evaluation until next year’s (2017-2018) IEP meeting? I would think since 3 IEP’s were generated off of the July 2013 evaluation that it is time for another?

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Yes, I think you would be correct however this IEP will still stand until a new one is created. There would not be a time when this would end and there is now nothing in it’s place. The school is technically out of compliance if they do wait until the fall. You can meet with them in the summer as they are all still working except for the regular ed teacher and you can “sign them out” of the IEP meeting if you need to so it is legal. THe school has a form for this. I have met with IEP teams in the summer when needed.

Carol –

The re-evaluation should happen 3 years after the previous evaluation – so July 2016. And most districts I know would push it forward a bit, to get that IEP in place before the 2016-2017 school year.

If you can’t get the school’s position to budge on when the re-evaluation should be done (since, apparently, they can’t do simple math), you can ask that it be done “early.” IDEA permits parents or teachers to ask that evaluations be completed in any area (or all areas), when the student’s needs in that area have changed – see §300.303 of the IDEA regs.

When a parent requests the triennial testing be pushed up, does the district have to abide by any time frame? Does the 60 days apply? Or can they comply with the request in any amount of time?

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