IEPs

Understanding IEPs

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written education plan designed to meet a child's lea…

6 Steps to Request an IEP Meeting

Parents have the right to request an IEP meeting at any time. Learn the steps for requesting an IEP …

Video: 8 Insider Tips on Navigating IEP Meetings

Hear from a teacher and a parent (both Understood editors) on what they learned navigating IEP meeti…

Learning About IEPs

What is an IEP? What does IEP stand for? If you're new to IEPs, find answers in this guide to IEP ba…

Understanding the IEP Process

What are the steps in the IEP process? Do you have to request an IEP? Read about the IEP process tim…

Knowing What’s in an IEP

Are you unsure what is included in an IEP? This comprehensive guide lays out what goes into the IEP …

Video: 8 Insider Tips on Navigating IEP Meetings

Hear from a teacher and a parent (both Understood editors) on what they learned navigating IEP meeti…

Navigating IEP Meetings

Learn the basics of IEP meetings in this guide. Find out what an IEP meeting is, the purpose of IEP …

Staying on Top of Your Child’s IEP

Once your child has an IEP, how can you stay on top of it? Use this comprehensive guide to manage th…

Learning About IEPs

What is an IEP? What does IEP stand for? If you're new to IEPs, find answers in this guide to IEP ba…

The Difference Between IEPs and 504 Plans

Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans are similar but different. See how they compa…

Setting Annual IEP Goals: What You Need to Know

Learn about annual IEP goals for your child with a learning or attention issue. Learn about Individu…

How to Tell If Your Child’s IEP Goals Are SMART

Find out how to tell if your child's annual IEP goals are SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, r…

I Can’t Take Off Work to Go to the IEP Meeting. What Should I Do?

If you're a working parent, it can be hard to take off to attend an IEP meeting. Here are things you…

Questions to Ask About Your Child’s IEP Goals

How can you make sure your child's annual IEP goals are SMART? Download this list of questions to as…

8 Steps to Kicking Off Your Child’s IEP the Right Way

Get your child's IEP off to a good start this school year. Follow these steps to make sure new teach…

IEP Personal Stories

What is the IEP process like? Find out from parents and other IEP team members who've been there. Ex…

Download: IEP Binder Checklist

Download this free checklist to help you organize—and update—the documents in your IEP binder. Prepa…

Download: School Communication Log

Use this free school communication log to keep track of phone calls, letters, emails, and conversati…

Staying on Top of Your Child’s IEP

Once your child has an IEP, how can you stay on top of it? Use this comprehensive guide to manage th…

IEP Goals for Reading: What They Look Like

Looking for sample IEP goals for reading? Here’s what IEP goals for reading can look like, including…

Questions to Ask Before and During Your Child’s IEP Meeting

What questions are important to ask at IEP meetings? Refer to this printable list of questions to as…

My Child’s IEP Doesn’t Seem to Be Working. Now What?

Are you concerned your child's IEP isn't working? Here are steps you can take to make sure the IEP i…

The Teacher Isn’t Following My Child’s IEP. What Can I Do?

Some teachers don't always follow a child's IEP. Learn how to make sure your child gets the accommod…

How to Organize Your Child’s IEP Binder

See how to make an IEP binder for your child. Follow the steps in this video to learn what documents…

Download: IEP Goal Tracker

Use this downloadable IEP goal tracker to keep track of progress your child is making toward annual …

Download: Sample IEP Transition Plan and Goals

Looking for a sample IEP transition plan for your child? Download examples of transition goals and s…

IEP Case Managers: A Guide for Parents

Unclear what IEP case managers do? Find out how they work with parents and general education teacher…

The IEP Meeting: An Overview

Learn about the purpose, participants and best practices of the IEP meeting. Knowing what to expect …

Strengths-Based IEPs: What You Need to Know

What is a strengths-based IEP? Find out how this type of IEP focuses on student strengths to set IEP…

IEP Roadmap: How Kids Get Special Education

How does a student get an IEP? This flowchart boils down the IEP process to a few key questions. See…

FAQs About Having Your Child Attend IEP Meetings

Should kids attend their IEP meetings? Here are answers to common questions parents have about havin…

What to Bring to an IEP Meeting

Want to make sure that you come prepared to your child's IEP meeting? This checklist outlines everyt…

Download: IEP or 504 Plan Snapshot for Your Child

Help kids understand their IEP or 504 plan with this printable one-page snapshot. Your child can use…

Legal FAQs About IEP Meetings

Get answers to common legal questions about IEP meetings, including if parents can record IEP meetin…

Using the Terms “Dyslexia,” “Dyscalculia” and “Dysgraphia” in IEPs and Evaluations

Read news about using the terms "dyslexia," "dyscalculia" and "dysgraphia" in IEPs. Get tips on how …

FAQs About Standards-Based IEPs

Is your child's IEP required to be standards-based? Get answers to this and other common questions a…

Download: Anatomy of an IEP

What's in an IEP? See an example of an IEP. This Individualized Education Program sample lays out th…

Experts Weigh In: “Should I Ask My Child’s IEP Team to Use the Term Dyslexia?”

Schools are allowed to name a child's learning disability in an evaluation or IEP, but they don't al…

Playing a Role in the IEP Process

You may not be an expert in special education, but you are an expert when it comes to your child. Le…

The School Wants to Move My Child From an IEP to a 504 Plan. How Will That Affect My Child?

What happens if the school wants to end your child's IEP and switch to a 504 plan? Learn how the mov…

IEP Terms to Know

If your child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), or one is being developed, there are so…

How Will I Know If the Accommodations in My Child’s IEP Are Working?

How can you tell if the accommodations in your child's IEP are working? An expert explains what to a…

Transferring School Districts: 8 Steps to Take If Your Child Has an IEP

If your child has an IEP, a school district transfer can be especially stressful. Learn the steps to…

5 Common Misconceptions About IEPs

There are so many myths about the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Here we debunk the…

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