IEPs: IEP TRIENNIAL REVIEW

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Lydia:  Are Tri Annual and IEPs separate and should they be held separately?

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Laurie
02/19/2021 11:37 pm

During COVID 19, we are being told to not hold annual IEPs and some Triennials. Is that legal?

Chuck
02/23/2021 2:38 pm
Reply to  Laurie

Unless the state education agency is saying this, it is not legal.

Admin
03/02/2021 10:15 am
Reply to  Laurie

IEPs can be postponed. The last IEP in place when schools closed is the current IEP and will stay in place until the child’s team can develop a new IEP based on current info.

Are children with disabilities in your district back in school and getting face-to-face services in their last IEPs? If you aren’t there yet, you don’t have valid information about the child’s present levels of academic achievement and functional performance.You can’t develop appropriate IEPs until you have that info.

After schools reopen, kids with disabilities need to be evaluated to determine where they are functioning now, what they lost, how much they regressed, during a year when they did not receive the services they needed. The IEP team will need to make decisions about compensatory education and need current info from evals to make these decisions.

I don’t know how schools will accompplish this. There have been shortages of school psychologists, SLPs and OTs for decades. Schools will need to consider contracting with evalutors in the private sector.

Ed K.
11/12/2020 3:28 pm

Nobody answered the question. It is my understanding (from a SELPA Director) that the triennial is just the third annual. So you have an two annuals and then the 3rd year a triennial.

Leah L
10/13/2020 6:08 pm

We are due for a Tri Annual evaluation for my Sophomore. How far in advance can the evaluation testing be done before the actual meeting. Every school we have attentdend seems to do testing the week before leaving us no time to adequatly go over the results. I never feel prepared going in to discuss and help set up an appropriate IEP. What is the legal time allotted for testing and giving parents the results?

Thank you.

Chuck
10/15/2020 2:58 pm
Reply to  Leah L

There is no timeline in federal rules, but your state could have a timeline. However, the intent of the law is that parents are active, informed members of the IEP team, and process. So if that is not happening parents should write their concerns, and requests to the principal, and district special ed director. You also need to learn the federal, and state options for disagreeing with IEP decisions. If you do not understand all of the documents, and discussion, a parent can also disagree until they feel they understand.

Jill G
01/09/2016 5:10 pm

The second purpose of reevaluation is to help determine the content of the IEP – that is, what specific supports and services the student needs to succeed in the general education curriculum.

If the Team does find that the student continues to be eligible, the Team should next focus on this second purpose. They should use the evaluation data to build the student’s IEP.

There may be times when this does not happen at the same meeting – maybe a lot of areas were assessed or the Team is time-constrained, and there’s not enough time to get through both reviewing the evaluations and developing the IEP. If this happens, the Team should meet again soon, and pick up where they left off.

Jill G
01/09/2016 5:10 pm

Lydia –

I believe you are asking if the tri-annual reevaluation should be reviewed and the IEP should be reviewed and developed in the same meeting? If so, the answer is yes, they should.

Reevaluation has a dual purpose. The first purpose is to determine if a child is still eligible for special education – that is, that the child continues to have a disability and required specially-designed instruction and/or related services to succeed in the general education curriculum.

During the meeting, the Team should first focus on this first purpose. The reevaluation results should be reviewed, and the Team should come to an agreement about the student’s eligibility.