Assessment notes, results, scores and reports prior to annual IEP meeting?

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Assessment notes, results, scores and reports prior to annual IEP meeting?
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Mon, 04-09-2012 - 3:23pm

What am I entitled to prior to an IEP meeting as far as assessment information, reports and how they are gauging progress?

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Registered: 09-12-2003

I get a copy of the signed IEP every year and any adjustments made through the year. During my annual meeting and at any reval I am given copies of any relavant testing, test results and or reports. Now I don't always it ahead of time from all involved but nothing has been earth shattering suprises...well from the special ed teachers. His general ed teacher has dropped some bombs in the meeting..

I don't get anything on a weekly or monthly or quartly basis, just when we meet. Most will prepare a report based on what they have seen and done with him. I guess if I disputed something I could request more. I know on our IEP when I have to sign I have to check whether i accept in all or part or reject in all or part and I have a space where I can add my 2 cents.

Best place to start is with your state department of ed. Special ed laws can vary by state. Some states will have just the bare bones allowed under federal law but other states can require more of school. Find out what your state law says they HAVE to provide you with. I know in MA we have a non profit that does special ed advocacy. You could look to see if thats a possible resource too.

One thing I have learned from friends who teach. Schools will sometimes bank on the ignorance of parents. Have 1 friend admit while her school principal is well aware they HAVE to offer speech even in Jr they typically tell parents they don't have to because they dont want to spend the money on the speech path and many of the parents in her school barely have a high school education if even and a good percent have a language barrier so no one to date questions it. BOILS MY BLOOD. But as progressive as we are in this state there is no way to rat them out unless I am a party involved.

Good luck and just don't take your first or second no for answer; sometimes they don't want to but are required to. Now it may very well be that some of what you are asking to they don't have to provide but can't hurt to ask and ask until there is no one left toask

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In our school progress reports go out at the end of each quarter.

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Like liamsmom, I get a copy of my DD's IEP every year, I don't even ask for it. I get a "score card" that is different from her regular report card 4 X a year too, It just mentions in writing how my DD is doing in each class she is getting accomodations. I would raise a stink about the circled stuff, Ask for specifics like % of change b/w the begining of the year and now, If your child is only getting services for speech you should be entitled to a FULL evaluation to see if there's anything else there. There should be a special education director or coordinator/manager over and above the team. In our district, the SPED director attends ALL meetings. Ask your district office who that is or ask the school principal.... Good luck!

 

 

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You know what, I've heard that too - that schools play on the ignornace and on the vulnerability of parents.. Earlier this year there was an issue that frustrated me to no end, I was getting nowhere with the schools so I sought out the advice of a friend therapist (not connected to the school), she told me to ask for a weekly update on my DD's progress from the team. When I asked for that at the last IEP meeting I got these eyes like, How did you know we do that? Lol, They would have never offered that on their own! I've heard other things that make me angry too, It's a joke and you really have to advocate for your child.......

I also agree that the state department of ed is a great source for information.

 

 

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Registered: 09-12-2003

It boils my blood and its not even my school. Sad part school district in question had lost accredidation in the 90s went under state receivership and a local university ended up partnering with them so that brought all these resources aside from state and federal funding. Well that parentship ended a few years ago and they are heading right back where they were. Did you NOT learn anything????

We have a smiliar socioeconomic backgrand in our district but at least at our school the schools seems to realize the more services they can offer these kids they better it is for all involved. Not saying they never dragged their feet, they did in starting all this and I do think it was money realated. Another tidbit I got from someone who teachers if I do the testing on my own I can be hit with the bill to provide the services. So kindy teacher wanted him tested they testing came back no issues. She didn't believe it neither did I but I didn't budge and sure enough they had to retest. Took longer to get the IEP in place but I realized they needed him on an IEP just as much as he did Without it he was doomed on state testing and at this point him failing is not an issue for him he can still move on in school but they get graded and funding is tied to these tests. Now I knew this didn't let on but he had a GREAT OT who knew this too and she didn't let up, so at least in our school if parents are ignorant to their kids right for whatever reasons at some teachers GET it and push it.

The sad thing to with the school I know that does deny services after a certain age its mainly speech and not only do these kids have a right and access to it in schools they have it through insurance too (we live in MA its been a law for a few years now you HAVE to have health insurance) My sisters boys are on state health care and she gets free speech but again language barriers are effecting these kids...

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Registered: 12-12-2004
I think that there is something in IDEA that should cover this, but it's my understanding that you should have the report they are going to base the IEP off of a minimum of 10 days before the meeting. If the time is shorter, you are actually supposed to sign something waiving the 10 days.
You may want to look for and advocate that can at least help you with the laws in your state. There are some that will help for free or at least low cost.