Developing the IEP: Annual Review

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ISSN: 1538-320
April 9, 2019

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image of teacher and boy in classroomThe law requires the IEP be reviewed at least once a year to determine if your child is achieving the annual goals. (Section 1414(d)(4)(A))

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

The law says the IEP needs to be reviewed at least annually, and more often if necessary.

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, the annual review, and what IDEA requires.

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Required Annual IEP Review

Schools generally schedule annual reviews in the spring, toward the end of the school year, so IEPs go into effect for the next school year.

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

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You Can Request an IEP Review 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?

Do you have to wait for annual meeting to make changes to your child’s IEP?

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.

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Problems that May Trigger an IEP Revision

Your child's needs may change over time. He may develop new medical problems, changes in medication, or require increased OT, PT, or AT.

If troubling behaviors crop up - when developing, reviewing, or revising your child's IEP, the IEP Team must also consider behavior problems as a special factor.

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