Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meetings
INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAMS or IEPs are developed by the Committee on Special Education (CSE) which is a multi-disciplinary team responsible for making sure that all steps of the Special Education process are carried out. The terms Committee on Special Education and IEP Team are interchangeable.
The Committee on Special Education (IEP team can be):
a complete team,
a smaller team,
Types of IEP Meetings
INITIAL IEP MEETING: The IEP process starts the first time a written request is made to the CSE (IEP Team) for evaluation. Meeting Goal: establish eligibility, develop IEP & make special education service and program recommendations.
ANNUAL (REVIEW) IEP MEETING: A yearly review that doesn’t involve evaluation and cannot be used for making major changes. Meeting Goal: review student’s progress and make minor changes as necessary.
TRIENNIAL IEP MEETING: Every three years students with disabilities are re-evaluated unless parent and school agree it is unnecessary. Meeting Goal: assess student progress, determine continued eligibility, and develop new IEP with appropriate recommendations.
*REQUEST TO REOPEN: (optional, does not occur automatically)
The IEP may be re-opened by parent or school through a written request for reevaluation. (An independent evaluation or any other diagnostic information can also be submitted.) Meeting Goal: gather new and/or additional information to clarify student’s need and create a new IEP that recommends additional or more intensive services and/or a program with a smaller student to teacher ratio.
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