IEP Facts: Review and Revision

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March 24, 2015

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teacher in class at schoolThis week a parent writes...

We asked the school for a meeting to review the IEP in January. The teacher said she does not have to have an IEP meeting to revise the IEP until the annual review meeting in May.

This is incorrect.

You can request a meeting to review or revise the IEP at any time.

The law says an IEP must be reviewed annually and schools generally schedule annual reviews in the spring, toward the end of the school year. New IEPs are developed to go into effect for the next school year.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn about reviewing and revising your child's IEP, who can request a review and when, and what IDEA requires.

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IEP annual review meeting

What is an Annual IEP Review?

The law (Section 1414(d)(4)(A)) requires the IEP be reviewed at least once a year to determine if your child is achieving the annual goals. The IEP team must revise the IEP to address:

  • any lack of expected progress
  • results of any reevaluation
  • information provided by the parents
  • anticipated needs

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You Can Request an IEP Review Meeting at any Time

Because I signed the IEP earlier, I was told that I cannot ask that the IEP be changed now. Is this true?

You can ask that the IEP be changed at any time. The fact that you consented to the IEP does not mean you are stuck with it - or that it is appropriate for an entire year.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition

IDEA Legal Requirements for Revising IEPs

Statute & Regulations: 20 U.S.C.§ 1414(d)(4)(A) and §300.324(b)

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, page 104 and page 250

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