The holidays are here and your child’s school year is half over! After the holidays is a great time to review your child’s IEP and see how they are progressing with their goals. Are the goals still relevant? Are they too easy or too hard? Do they need to be modified? If your child has not made progress towards any of their goals, you want to know why. This could mean the goals are too difficult or an individualized plan, to teach your child these concepts, has not yet been put in place. You have the right to know and learn about what evidence based teaching model your teachers are using to teach your child. You can request an IEP review meeting for your child at any time, as well as updated evaluations to determine if the goals and objectives are still appropriate for your child. It is best to send your child’s IEP coordinator, ESE specialist and principal a formal letter such as the sample IEP meeting letter below. Please note the bold areas; they need to be individualized for your child.
Name of School
City, State, Zip
Dear [Ms./Mr. Principal’s Name],
I am hereby requesting an IEP meeting for my child, [ insert child’s name here ]
The purpose of this meeting is to review the IEP goals, objectives, accommodations, and related services, and progress towards goals. I would like all relevant IEP team members to attend including the following: ESE district personnel, school administrator, general education teachers, special education teachers, all treating therapists or counselors, my child (if age appropriate), and (any other individuals you many want to attend)
The best time for me to attend this IEP meeting is _____________or ________________. (Provide the best dates and times for you and your advocate to attend)
Please acknowledge my request and confirm the meeting time and location in writing. Any unnecessary delay will be considered a denial of my child’s right to a free appropriate public education. Thank you for your help and understanding.
[City, State, Zip]