Your child's IEP must describe how your child's progress toward the annual goals will be measured and when you will receive progress reports. The school may issue periodic progress reports quarterly (four times a year) or when report cards are issued.
Ask your child's teachers and service providers how and when they will measure your child's progress:
- How often will you measure my child's progress?
- What tests or assessments will you use to measure my child's progress?
- How often will you communicate with me about my child's progress of lack of progress?
Pay attention to progress being reported by "teacher observation."
When a child's progress is monitored by subjective "teacher observations" and "teacher-made tests," parents do not have objective data about their child's progress toward the goals in the IEP.
In these situations, you are being asked to rely on a teacher's subjective beliefs and/or opinions. You should be concerned about this practice.