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Developing Your Child's IEP - Making Progress?

Question 10. How will I know if my child is making progress?

Answer.

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.

Legal Resources

Wrightslaw: All About IEPs Chapter 6 - Progress, Accommodations, and Assessments

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition. Chapter 4 is an Overview of IDEA, Section 504 and the ADA with extensive commentary. Chapter 5 is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act with extensive commentary and analysis. Chapter 6 is the IDEA Regulations (34 C.F.R. Section 300.320).

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 3rd Edition, is available in the Wrightslaw Store.

IDEA

20 U.S.C.§ 1414(d)(1)(A)(i)(III)

IDEA Regulations

34 C.F.R. §300.320(a)(3)

More Resources

Your Child's IEP and Progress in the General Education Curriculum

Progress and Progress Monitoring

Is Your Child Making Progress in Special Ed?

Questions and Answers on Report Cards and Transcripts for Students with Disabilities

State Special Education Regulations and Guidelines. You will find your specific state regulations at your State Department of Education website. Use the Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities to locate your state site.

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