What's the Plan for Next Year's IEP?
The Annual Review

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ISSN: 1538-320
March 29, 2016

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IEP review meeting with parentsDo you feel anxious when you receive a notice about the annual IEP review meeting? Do you have questions about IEPs? You aren't alone!

The best antidote to feeling overwhelmed and confused in IEP meetings is having accurate, reliable information. Our next several issues will help you prepare for the spring IEP season.

Facts first.

  1. IEPs must be reviewed annually.
  2. Parents are part of the team that develops and reviews the IEP.
  3. IEP goals should be specific, measurable, and tailored to the unique needs of your child.
  4. Parents can request an IEP review or revision at any time.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn that IDEA requires the entire IEP Team meet at least annually to discuss a child’s progress and determine the contents of the IEP (34 CFR § 300.324). Find out what happens at the annual IEP review.

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The Annual IEP Review

Please help! Why did I receive notice about an IEP annual review?

The annual review is for IEP team to review and revise the IEP based on:

  • any lack of expected progress
  • results of any reevaluation
  • information provided by the parents
  • anticipated needs
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The School Used the Annual Review to Reduce Services - Can They Do That?

At the annual review, we were told my daughter will now only receive skills support every other day... because that is all the high school offers.

Your child’s IEP drives her program, placement, and services – NOT what the school has available.


What's the Plan for Next Year's IEP?

  • Did the team review the annual goals?
  • Did the team determine any annual progress?
  • Were the present levels reviewed and updated for next year?

If the answer to these questions is "NO", you may be getting the same (yet not appropriate) IEP every year.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition

IDEA 2004: Requirement for the Annual Review

Your child's IEP must be reviewed annualy to determine whether his annual goals are being achieve. IDEA says so!

See Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, page 104 and 250, 20 U.S.C. Section 1414(d))(4)(A)

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