IEPs: WHO DEVELOPS IEP FOR STUDENT IN TECH HIGH SCHOOL?

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Carolyn:  I am needing some information regarding the proper procedure for a student on an IEP currently enrolled at a Technical High school and parents are being told the Tech school cannot meet the students needs. We are in agreement that student needs a therapeutic type placement and are willing to transfer her to the home-based school district for further testing. Who should be completing the transfer/withdrawal paperwork, the Tech or district?Also there was a 3 yr eval meeting done in which a draft IEP was given to parent but it was not developed based on the current known information. They are being told it will be developed when student is transferred. Please advise. Thank you.

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Jill G
01/11/2016 5:45 pm

Carolyn –

I’m assuming the tech school is considered its own public school district. This means that it’s programmatically and financially responsible for the student’s IEP until he/she dis-enrolls.

If the Team thinks that the student may need a placement beyond what the tech school can provide, they should invite a representative of the student’s school district of residence to participate in the placement discussion.

If the Team (including the rep from the district of residence) then decides that the student needs a different type of placement, it’s likely that the financial and programmatic responsibility shifts to the district of residence. I say likely because your state regulations might provide for some other arrangement.

Jill G
01/11/2016 5:44 pm

I’m not 100% sure what kind of paperwork you refer to. But commonsense would say that the tech school should act as it would for any student who transfers out of it’s program – completing transfer paperwork and preparing student records to be sent to the district of residence.

And the district of residence should act as it would for any special education student who transfers in from another district – completing enrollment paperwork and ensuring that all needed special ed documents are on hand.

If you’re having trouble getting this to happen, I suggest that you contact your state Dept of Education who may delegate responsibilities to specific entities.

Jill G
01/11/2016 5:44 pm

Regarding the IEP, it’s supposed to be developed using current information. The “P” in PLEP does stand for Present, after all! There is no reason for the IEP to be developed using old data, and every reason why it should be developed using new data – it’s the law.

It is very common for a student’s IEP to be reviewed and revised once he/she has settled into a new placement. This usually happens 3-6 months down the line. But that’s no reason to update it now before the transfer.

The IEP should be developed with the current Team, who knows the student best. That way the new Team have the most up to date info about the student. And then the new Team can update the IEP when they get to know the student better.

Nesie
07/27/2016 2:27 pm
Reply to  Jill G

Hello, this is the second time I’ve tried to apply my daughter who is 16 now for a tech school. My question is why are they asking for a physiological eval report to determine her acceptance? Esp when that eval was done when she was 4 yrs old. Is that even possible? My daughter has an IEP and has been since that age. What or whom can I speak too regarding this. Thanks