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Your child now has an IEP in place. You have worked hard to get it. Now what? The next step is to monitor your child’s progress. As your child’s advocate, you need to make sure your child is getting the services and accommodations outlined in the IEP. You need to determine if your child is making progress toward meeting the goals and objectives in the IEP. The following are 10 tips to help you.

  1. Ask Questions!
  • What is my child’s current level of skill? (present levels of performance – PLOP)
  • How will my child’s progress be measured?
  • Is my child making sufficient progress toward the IEP goals and objectives?
  • When do you expect the goals and objectives to be achieved?
  • How different is my child’s performance from the expectations in the IEP?
  • Is my child being pulled out of class to work with a special educator?

 

  1. Check-In With Teachers Regularly
  • Know your child’s teacher(s) and special educator
  • Make sure all of your child’s teachers have a copy of the IEP
  • Know the best way to reach the teacher(s) and special educator
  • Use e-mail; it is easier for the teacher(s) and special educator to respond
  • Establish a parent and school communication logbook
  • Send a note of appreciation to the teacher(s) and special educator

 

  1. Look at your Child’s Schoolwork
  • Classroom work, homework, quizzes, tests and projects
  • Edline (online record of work completion and grades)
  • Ask your child how school is going
  • What subjects do you like?
  • Which assignments are the easiest for you and which are the most difficult?

 

  1. Check on Accommodations
  • Ask the teacher(s) and special educator if your child is getting the accommodations outlined in the IEP
  • Most importantly, ask your child

 

  1. Check on Related Services
  • Review with the teacher(s) and special educator what the related services are such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy)
  • Is my child getting them?

 

  1. Pay Attention to the School’s Progress Reports
  • Make sure to read and understand them
  • Review them with your child’s teacher(s)
  • Review them with your child

 

  1. Compare the IEP’s Goals and Objectives with the Progress Report
  • Remember “PLOP” is your baseline
  • If your child is not making the expected progress, determine why and have the school take corrective action

 

  1. Be your Child’s Advocate
  • Be proactive.
  • Share your concerns.
  • If something “seems” off-track do not wait to meet with your child’s teacher(s) and special educator
  • Again, make sure your child is getting the services and accommodations outlined in the IEP

 

  1. Request an IEP Meeting
  • Review the data
  • Ask for the goals and objectives to be adjusted if necessary
  • Ask the school to have instructional techniques adjusted if there is a lack of progress or not much progress has been made

 

  1. TRUST YOUR GUT!
  • Remember you are an expert on your child

Janet Lee,the founder of Pathwas Educational Consulting, has extensive experience serving as an advocate and navigator for parents of children with special needs in the Montgomery Country, Malyland public school system. Janet Lee prepares parents for Montgomery County Public Schools(MCPS) meetings and assists at these meetings in order to secure accommodations and when necessary, appropriate school placements. She has particular expertise in Individualized Education Programs(IEPs) and 504 Plans