Your Guide to the Special Education Identification Process

Step 5: Progress reports, reviews and re-evaluation.

Your child’s progress toward the annual goals is measured, as stated in the IEP. You are regularly informed of your child’s progress and whether that progress is enough for your child to achieve the goals by the end of the year. These progress reports must be given to you at least as often as other parents are informed of their non-disabled children’s progress.

Your child’s IEP is reviewed by the IEP team at least once a year, or more often if you or school ask for a review. If necessary, the IEP is revised. You, as team members, must be invited to attend these meetings, where you can make suggestions for changes, can agree or disagree with the IEP goals, and agree or disagree with the placement.

If you do not agree with the IEP and placement, you may discuss their concerns with other members of the IEP team and try to work out an agreement. There are several options, including additional testing, an independent evaluation, or asking for mediation (if available) or a due process hearing. You may also file a complaint with the state education agency.

At least every three years, your child must be reevaluated. This evaluation is often called a “triennial.” Its purpose is to find out if your child continues to be a “child with a disability,” as defined by IDEA, and what your child’s educational needs are. However, your child must be reevaluated more often if conditions warrant or if you or a teacher asks for a new evaluation.

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