prepare, prepare.

Knowledge of

your child, the

school system

and federal and

state laws and

regulations will

empower you to

become a more

effective advocate.

Tips for parents to consider: Before the PPT Meeting

  • Write a list of concerns or issues that you feel are important to discuss. Try to resolve any questions or concerns you have prior to the PPT meeting, so your meeting time can be used productively to formally agree on a plan. With prior discussion, there should be no surprises at this meeting.

  • Prepare your own questions and items to address. Ask for a blank copy of the IEP form showing the components, and prepare questions you would like to discuss at the meeting. Bring the list with you.

  • The written notice of the PPT meeting will include a list of attendees. Review the list to make sure it includes all necessary school and outside personnel.

  • Notify the school if you intend to bring someone from outside the school (for example, a friend, relative, advocate or outside evaluator). It may be someone who has knowledge of your child and his/her specific needs or someone just to take notes for you while you listen. Knowledge of special education services is helpful, but not necessary.

  • In order to be an informed participant in the process, request that the school provide you with the evaluations and proposed goals, objectives and placement recommendations in advance of the PPT meeting.

  • Talk to other parents who have attended PPT meetings to learn from their experiences. Attend local support groups, conferences, informational meetings, and seminars.

  • Know your child: Prepare a sample parent vision statement that describes your child; provide a list of your child’s strengths, challenges, preferences and learning styles. Bring samples of your child’s work and any helpful recent evaluations done outside of school. Consider bringing your child, if appropriate.


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