IEPs: WHAT IS A “SAMPLE IEP”?

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Kathleen:  Our child was re-evaluated by the school district and we revised his IEP – based on the re-eval – over a series of 5 meetings with an IEP team.The district then offered a placement based on the IEP, which we rejected because their was no evidence that the program at this school was appropriate for a dyslexic student. The district responded to us by sending us a “Sample IEP” we could have if agreed to send our child to the school that they offered for placement. This “Sample IEP” does not reflect the IEP developed over the 5 meetings with the IEP team. I had never heard of a “Sample IEP” and it was presented as a take-it-or-leave-it option. Is this legal? What are our next steps?

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Sophie

It sounds like a clerical error! And a rather embarrassing one!

SharonL

I have been in many IEP meetings for my son’s over the years and have never heard of a Sample IEP. The next step for me would be to wait for a PWN (prior written notice). By law the school must provide a PWN if you refuse the IEP. BAsed on what the PWN states you may need to meet again with an advocate or an attorney depending on how cooperative you think they may be. Many times when I have been in situations like this with my son’s, just asking where the PWN is causes them to want to meet and negotiate, but sometimes they send the PWN.

Chuck

I am guessing that “sample” = draft.