The development of the IEP gives parents the opportunity to work with educators as equal partners to identify their child’s needs, what will be provided to meet those needs and what the anticipated outcomes may be. The process of collaborative goal setting allows both educators and parents to combine their separate areas of expertise to plan for the specific needs of a child.
The IEP is also a legal document, a written description of the program developed for the child. It is a written statement of the resources the school agrees to provide. The IEP document will be written at the PPT team meeting. A proposed IEP, labeled DRAFT, may be presented at or prior to the meeting, but changes should be made as the team works together to develop the student’s program.
Parents should familiarize themselves with each section of the IEP form and how to fill it out properly.