The IEP meeting: An overview

The IEP meeting: An overview. A Teacher meets with a student.

At a glance

  • The purpose of an IEP meeting is to discuss, develop, and review a student’s IEP.

  • Schools are required to hold an annual IEP meeting each year to look at a student’s progress.

  • However, parents can request an IEP meeting at any time for specific issues.

The IEP meeting is one of the most important parts of the special education process. In this meeting, school staff and parents come together to discuss, develop, and review a student’s IEP. They make sure the IEP meets the student’s needs.

There are rules for IEP meetings. They cover who must attend and what happens. The best way to understand these rules is to remember the goal of the meeting. The school and parents are working together to plan a student’s special education experience at school.

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About the author

About the author

The Understood Team is made up of passionate writers and editors. Many of them have kids who learn and think differently.

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Michelle Lassiter, MA, CCC-SLP is a bilingual speech-language pathologist with 24 years’ experience in hospital acute care, rehabilitation, and outpatient settings as well as within the school system. 


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