If the parent and the school agree that the child has a disability and requires special education services, an Individualized Education Program will be designed to meet the child's needs. This will take place at a meeting attended by parents and the school personnel and may include others as appropriate.
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed during the planning meeting if it is determined that special education is needed. The following is a partial list of what the Education Code calls for in an IEP:A summary of the assessment findings, including your child's strengths as well as needs.
IEP Planning Meeting
- A statement of goals and objectives, which the group suggests for your child.
- A list of specific services that will be used to find out how well the plan is working (evaluation).
- A recommendation for placement.
- The starting date and frequency of services.
Parents are invited to an IEP meeting with appropriate district staff and, if necessary, personnel from the Sutter Coiunty Superintendnet's Office, the SELPA and/or other agencies. Parents may also bring other persons of their own choosing. The following are some tips on how parents can best participate:
. Jot down any questions you want answered or any suggestions you wish to make regarding educational objectives, health, transportation, schedules, and special information concerning your child's needs and strengths.
. If the professionals use such words as "20/60 vision," "50th percentile," "WISC-R," "Key Math," or any other terms you do not understand, please ask for an explanation.
At least once a year there will be a meeting to review the plan to determine if the plan is still appropriate or if it needs to be changed. Parents may also request a review as necessary.