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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04/12/2021 3:02 pm

My child’s IEP was help May 2020. I have still not received a copy of the IEP. I have written and called the director of special ed in my school district seven times since June 2020. I have not received a response since October 2020 and that response was that it would be completed in a few days. My daughter’s annual IEP is later this month and there is still no written IEP from last year. What does the law say about this? I am in California. Thank you

04/13/2021 4:23 pm
Reply to  Alysa

I see two options: Go up the chain of command complaint process that the district should have, &/or make a written complaint to the state education agency with a copy to the principal, & special ed director. You can get general information, & specific information on these options from your state parent training and information project.

04/13/2021 4:48 pm
Reply to  Alysa

Wow! That’s not okay at all (special education teacher here). Why can’t they get you a copy of it? Does she have a case manager?

01/25/2021 10:48 pm

Typically I always get my copy of the IEP before I leave the meeting. However, this year they are not doing that. I had an IEP meeting 39 days ago and I still have not received a copy of these documents. What can I do?

01/26/2021 1:15 pm
Reply to  Alyssa

If you have not done so, I would suggest writing to the principal, & special ed director requesting it, & an explanation for the delay. If you have done that, another request would be appropriate, & perhaps a complaint to the state education agency.

07/16/2019 12:49 pm

Our first IEP meeting was 3 days before the end of school year. We were found eligible and proceeded to write up an IEP. I have yet to receive the final (or any) copy of the IEP. Is this normal because of the summer break? Or should I have already received it? I expected to receive it VIA mail over the summer. ~ East Texas

07/16/2019 3:58 pm
Reply to  Julie

With summer starting that is probably what happened. The district or coop special ed director & secretary should be back at work around the first of August. So you can start calling and writing them around that time. I work for the TX parent training and information center. I live East of Dallas, & we have staff in the Longview, & Beaumont areas. If you need help you can reach me at You can learn about us at

06/17/2019 1:24 pm

Can a District tell a parent that they will send a copy of her child’s IEP digitally through email and not a hard copy through regular mail?

07/17/2019 6:51 am
Reply to  Jill


04/02/2019 1:46 am

I’m on Long Island & our review was always scheduled for the end of the year so there were times when it’s taken MONTHS to get a copy of my son’s IEP, only to find things changed. I’ve asked for a rough draft at the end of the meeting & been told “We don’t do that”. I’ve asked for a draft copy prior to the meeting so I’d be prepared w/ my own input & was told “We can’t do that because it could be considered predetermination” (really?). I’ve even simply asked for a copy of the special ed teacher’s draft goals because I myself, have ADHD & need some idea of the proposed changes so I can actively engage in the discussion w/o having to worry about documenting every word & was told “No, work product does not classify as a part of [my] son’s files

04/02/2019 11:09 am
Reply to  Laurie

I suggest contacting your state parent training and information center. Their staff can assist you in dealing with these issues.

04/02/2019 11:59 am
Reply to  Laurie

Do you live in the NYC part of Long Island? If so read this –

If not I’d be surprised if you couldn’t find a similar publication for your Borough. Also, at the end of the guide there are a whole lot of other links to resources you could try. Good luck!

03/12/2019 12:20 pm

Meeting was over a month ago – nothing. I have a feeling because they denied everything requested. My daughter has hearing loss and celiacs on top of other issues. At this meeting they refused a back up plan for the hearing equipment on top of equipment that was taken away from my daughter due to a class/teacher move. Due to the teacher aggessive behavior and yelling daily at my child. This teacher also turned off her FM system that helps her hear. The teacher for the hearing impaired did not do anything to fix this issue. I was never notified nor was any meeting held. I had to ask for a meeting due to what was going on. I requested an educational audiologist.The other requests were all still surrounding her celiacs and her right to a celiac safe gluten free lunch. HELP 🙁 This is wrong.

03/13/2019 11:33 am
Reply to  Deb

It sounds like You Vs. Them…which is rather sad (but common), since the IEP Team should behave like a team with only your daughter’s best interests on the agenda. When adaptive equipment is needed for a child to access their curricula, there is no debate – it MUST be made available.

Quite honestly, removing her ability to hear by knowingly disabling a device would be considered abuse in the world that I live in. I hope that isn’t what happened!

You can contact your local Parent Center (per Chuck’s link posted below), and try to find an advocate to attend a meeting with you. Or Google your state’s Disability Rights organization – they usually go by “Disability Rights California, or whatever state you are in.

11/04/2018 8:56 pm

I have problems getting a copy of the IEP after a meeting. I am told by the teacher, I will get the IEP printed and sent home with my son. then a few days later hr brings home the signature page with a letter or phone call that it MUST be signed because it has been 10 days. Problem is I only get the last page, not the whole document! They never give me the document until I have already sign the last page, Am I not supposed to have a period of time to review BEFORE I sign??

11/05/2018 12:52 pm
Reply to  Katherine

Rules on this can vary by state, so I suggest you contact your state parent training and information center to get assistance on this. IDEA rules refer to “informed consent”. What you are describing does not seem to meet that standard.

10/15/2018 12:32 pm

Hi I am trying to get information on going from and IEP to a 504. If we opt our son out of IEP services, as he starts his senior year, can he still have a 504. If he test out of IEP services can he have a 504. He is diagnosed with Dyslexia.

10/15/2018 5:36 pm
Reply to  Shannon

Under federal rules this is possible, but the school may or may not agree to do it.

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