The special education process can be very frustrating to parents. Below are important timelines to understand.
The IEP process begins when either the school or a parent requests (in writing) a screening or an evaluation
· When a parent requests an IEP meeting, a school has 30 days to put the student on the calendar.
· A team has 60 days, from when consent has been given, to complete assessments
· If a student is already in special education, the team has 90 days to hold a meeting with the results.
· If a student is found to be eligible for special education, an IEP meeting must be held within 30 days to create a draft IEP.
· Written Notice must be given to parents at least 10 days before any IEP meeting.
· Documents must be sent home at least 5 days before a meeting takes place.
· The school must make 3 "real" attempts to invite the parents to a meeting. If the parent does not attend after attempts have been made. The team may continue without them.
· After the IEP meeting there is a 10-day transition period in which the IEP can be adapted as requested by the parents
· An Annual Review is held every year to collect data, create new goals, and make changes.
· Every three years a re-evaluation meeting occurs. The team decides if further testing is needed.