6 Steps to a SMART Start This Year
Reviewing Educational Records

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ISSN: 1538-320
February 27, 2018

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From the beginning of school to the time your child either graduates or "ages out" of special education, you should have a record or copy of...

  • IEPs
  • evaluations
  • progress reports
  • correspondence
  • notes, journals
  • samples of your child's work
  • medical records

If your child's current file is not complete, begin now to gather any missing information or records.

Step #2: Review Your Child's Educational Record

IEP Series Review: Step #1.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn how to review your child's educational records and request copies of all necessary documents. Get tips for writing effective request letters. Find sample letters.

We hope you will forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.


Reviewing & Requesting School Records

Do you have copies of every document in your child's record? You may need to send a request letter to the school to inspect and review your child’s educational records.

Make sure nothing is missing! Learn how to complete a record review.


Requesting Agency Records

Send a request letter for a copy of your child's records to all individuals and agencies that may have information or records about your child.

Explain that your request relates to a school issue and the need to secure an appropriate education for your child. Learn what questions to ask ---and what to do when there's no response.

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Sample Letters: How to Request Information

Learn how to write effective letters and find 16 sample letters in Chapters 23 & 24. Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition.

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The Right to Review Your Child's Records

I read an IEP guide that says you can request a copy of the student’s file. I have never heard of that before.

Can I request a copy of the files from my child’s school? Before requesting anything, I just want to make sure I’m doing the right thing.

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