It’s important to make sure everything is in order and accurate before you sign.
Many states don’t require getting your signature again to continue implementing an IEP (unless there are changes in services). But it’s always a good idea to double-check the document you get after a meeting.
Use this list to review your child’s IEP. You can click below to download and print the list.
Is all the basic information there and correct?
- Does it give the date the new IEP will go into effect?
- Are your child’s name, age, student ID number, and grade level correct?
- Is all your contact information correct?
- Does it give the name of your child’s IEP case manager?
Is it clear?
- Are the annual goals SMART?
- Are all supports and services clearly stated with enough detail?
- Does it state how and when the school will measure and report your child’s progress toward annual IEP goals?
- Is the statement of your child’s present level of performance (PLOP or PLAAFP) based on information from you and your child’s teachers?
Is it accurate and complete?
- Does it include everything you agreed to in the meeting, including accommodations, special education services, and measurable annual goals?
- If the team agreed to changes to the IEP at the meeting, do they appear in the final document?
- Are your parental concerns and commentary accurately represented?
- Is there anything in the IEP that you didn’t discuss or agree to in the meeting?
About the author
About the author
Amanda Morin is the author of “The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education” and the former director of thought leadership at Understood. As an expert and writer, she helped build Understood from its earliest days.