Are you a full participant in your child's IEP?  

Answer these questions. Then you decide. IEPs are not simple documents. Advance preparation for IEP meetings is crucial to ensuring the meetings are productive and the principle of an IEP team is not undermined, and the student harmed.

yesnobox 1. You request and receive the Invitation to Participate in an IEP (the document listing all district and other people they have invited to the meeting), at least three days before any IEP meeting,  
yesnobox 2. If someone like the special ed teacher, speech pathologist or general ed teacher can not be at the IEP meeting, someone from school asks for your signed permission to have them excused and gets you their input in writing a few days before the meeting.  
yesnobox 3. You request and receive a draft IEP document showing the district's proposed changes to the IEP a few days before any IEP meeting so you have time to read, digest and form an opinion and possibly generate questions, to keep the meeting efficient and productive.  
yesnobox 4. When your district proposes changing the IEP document, they give you the new information that they are basing their proposed changes on-- before the meeting and in writing.  
yesnobox 5. If someone did a record review at the school of your child's records, the date you signed agreement any NOREP would not match the date on the NOREP, and it would not be the same date as the IEP meeting either.  
yesnobox 6. In the past, someone from your district took at least ten minutes to explain the meaning of each of the Procedural Safeguards sections in the materials they handed you, and only then they asked you to sign that you received it.  
yesnobox 6. No one on the IEP team ever says things that imply you are too demanding, attacking someone personally, or asking inappropriate questions.  
yesnobox 7. Someone from the IEP team routinely asks you for your parent input in writing before the meeting so they can add it to the IEP draft so that every IEP team member has read your input.  
yesnobox 8. Your district responds to your emails/phone calls of concern within the same day usually, and someone follows up later.  
yesnobox 9. When someone from your district says in an IEP meeting that they will get back to you with an answer, they actually do get back to you. And the answer is a clear yes or no, they share the facts for their answer, and you usually hear back within 7 days.  
yesnobox 10. Your districts' board-adopted policies are posted on the official district website, along with their Special Education Plan  
yesnobox 11. If your child has an incident or behavior of concern at school, you know about it the same day, from someone from the school.  
yesnobox 12. Your district notifies you of their efforts to include your child in every field trip, special event, assembly, field day, special guest, parade, program, and so on, before it happens.  
yesnobox 13. Your child's IEP goals do NOT stay pretty much the same year to year, and you get data using numbers that shows why.  

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