TIP SHEET

The IEP Team and Their Roles

The Individualized Education Program (IEP) team consists of education professionals, school personnel, parents, students (age 15 or older), and others who have special knowledge of your child.

Full Committee on Special Education (CSE)

  • The parent is a full team member and should be ready to participate. Your ability to describe your child’s needs and strengths keeps the focus on your child and can influence the outcome.
  • The district representative acts as the chair, facilitates discussion, and must be knowledgeable about special education services. It is common for one member to perform two roles.
  • A school psychologist explains the evaluation results and shares information with team members. At Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) meetings, the evaluator or a representative of the evaluating agency interprets the results.
  • A special education teacher assists with decisions about supports, services, curriculum modification, and goal setting.
  • A general education teacher will participate, if your child is in a general education classroom.
  • The student (age 15 or older) is required to be invited. Younger students may also participate. Students can participate in all or part of the meeting. Participation is an important step in developing self- advocacy skills.
  • A parent member may be requested in writing with at least 72 hours’ notice before the meeting. This individual helps parents understand information and participate in the meeting by explaining procedures, asking questions, and clarifying information.
  • Initial or mandated three-year reevaluation (formerly triennial) meetings require full team attendance (Full CSE) because new information about your child is being interpreted, eligibility established, and recommendations made. Unlike the CSE, all CPSE meetings are full committee.
  • Other participants may include a school social worker, related service providers, school physician, or anyone who has special knowledge of your child. Parents of children transitioning from Early Intervention (EI) to CPSE may invite an EI representative.

Subcommittee on Special Education

Annual reviews are not as comprehensive as initial meetings or mandated three-year reevaluations and are primarily used to review progress and make minor changes. As a result, the membership requirements are fewer. The team includes the parent, teachers, and student, if appropriate.

  • A subcommittee does not have as much authority as a full committee. It may not recommend a full time special education class for the first time, or recommend a more restrictive placement such as in District 75, state-approved nonpublic school, home instruction, or hospital instruction.
  • If parents believe that a substantially different or more intensive program is required, they should request or arrange for a comprehensive and thorough reevaluation, submit the new information to the IEP team, and request a full committee meeting.
 

Initial IEP Meeting

Annual/Requested Review

Reevaluation (Requested or Three-Year)

Parent

Must be invited

Must be invited

Must be invited

Student

Can attend when appropriate

Can attend when appropriate

Can attend when appropriate

District Representative

Must attend

Must attend

Must attend

School Psychologist

Must attend

Can attend when needed

Must attend

Special Education Teacher

Must attend when student is being considered for related services only

Must attend when student is being considered for related services only

Must attend when student is being considered for related services only

Related Service Provider

Must attend when student is being considered for related services only

Must attend when student is being considered for related services only

Must attend when student is being considered for related services only

General Education Teacher

Must participate, if student is or may be participating in the general education environment

Must participate, if student is or may be participating in the general education environment

Must participate, if student is or may be participating in the general education environment

School Social Worker

Should attend whenever possible

Should attend whenever possible

Must attend if s/he was involved in the evaluation process, especially if s/he conducted the psychosocial

Parent Member

Must attend if requested in writing by parent with at least 72 hours’ notice

Must attend if requested in writing by parent with at least 72 hours’ notice

Must attend if requested in writing by parent with at least 72 hours’ notice

School Physicician

Must attend if requested in writing by parent with at least 72 hours’ notice

Must attend if requested in writing by parent with at least 72 hours’ notice

Must attend if requested in writing by parent with at least 72 hours’ notice

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