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

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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.

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.