- Review your child’s IEP Goals and Objectives. Are the goals measurable in a way you can understand? For example, reading with “good fluency” is not measurable. However, reading “X words correct per minute” is measurable.
- Meet with the IEP team in September or October (email over the summer or the first week of school to set a date). Ask how they plan to collect data on your child’s IEP goals. Ask them to show you a blank data collection sheet (or the "baseline" data collection from the first weeks of school). If you don’t understand how measuring progress is going to work, it’s not you-- its them! Similarly, ask about the W's of your child's services-- where, when, who (teacher, other kids), and why.
- Make sure every member of your child’s IEP team has read the IEP, and if necessary, any relevant evaluations. Ask teachers if they need a copy.
- Update your child’s new teacher(s) about anything that happened over the summer, like new behaviors or new skills.
- If you child has multiple teachers, ask for a group meeting with all of them, even if it is outside the IEP meeting. If this isn’t possible, set up a quick phone call with each teacher in September or October.
- Make yourself known! Attend all the school events you can, volunteer in the classroom, go on field trips, and give positive feedback.
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