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Resolving Parent-School Disputes

Question 2.

My child's IEP isn't working. How can I get the school to create an IEP with measurable goals?


A parent says, "my child isn't making progress." Your statement is not likely to persuade the IEP team. You need facts to support your position.

Get a comprehensive psycho-education evaluation of your child by an evaluator in the private sector. Choose an evaluator who is an expert in your child's disability. Choose an evaluator who is willing to attend an IEP meeting to discuss your child's needs.

After you receive the evaluation and discuss the findings, write a letter to request a meeting to review and revise your child's IEP. Describe your concerns and explain that these concerns led you to have your child evaluated by a specialist in the private sector.

Clearly state what you want the school to provide (i.e., "three 30-minute sessions of one-on-one speech therapy by a licensed speech-language pathologist per week).

During the IEP meeting, restate your concerns and what you want. The evaluator needs to describe your child's strengths, deficits, and how much speech therapy (or other services) your child requires to receive educational benefit.

Your evaluator must use data and facts to help the team members understand the significance of your child's problems. The team needs current, accurate information about your child's present levels of academic achievement and functional performance before it can develop an IEP with measurable goals that meets her need for a free, appropriate public education (FAPE).

Legal Resource

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition

Wrightslaw: All About IEPs Chapter 14

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition


20 U.S.C.§ 1414(d)(1), (2), (3)

20 U.S.C.§ 1414(d)(4)

IDEA Regulations

34 C.F.R. §300.324(a)

34 C.F.R. §300.324(b)

Additional Resources

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition. Chapter 12 - SMART IEPs.

Paper Trails, Letter Writing and Documentation

Resolving Parent-School Disputes: Write a Letter

No Progress. School Says "No Change is Good"?

How to Handle Disagreements at IEP Meetings

State Special Education Regulations and Guidelines. You will find your specific state regulations at your State Department of Education website. Use the Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities to locate your state site.

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