IEP Meeting Notes. Margaret A. Saleh , J.D. Director, Special Education Conejo Valley Unified School District. They document important aspects of the IEP such as: Parent participation. Parent requests. District response to parent requests. Areas of agreement/disagreement.
Margaret A. Saleh, J.D.
Director, Special Education
Conejo Valley Unified School District
There are some things that are said during meetings that can strengthen a District’s case if properly documented.Be More Than a Recorder…Listen for Particularly Important Items.
“Bobby gets hung up on reading, math, everything.” - Slang/non-specific
“The general education teacher reports that Bobby struggles in reading, math, and writing.” - Professional/specificExamples
“Parents want Johnny to have tests read to him. Mr. Smith is not altogether comfortable with this.” – Unclear outcome
“Parents request that Johnny have tests read to him. However, the principal does not believe this accommodation is necessary, as Bobby’s visual processing skills are within the average range. Parents agree to having Bobby take tests without accommodations.” – Clear explanation and outcomeMore Examples
Areas of Disagreement
Least Restrictive Environment
The district must come to an IEP meeting with an open mind and several options, discuss and consider the parents’ placement recommendations and concerns, and then the District members of the IEP team must make a final recommendation.
The district may not independently develop an IEP without meaningful parental participation, and then simply present the IEP to the parent for ratification.
Recently Cited: OAH CASE NO. 2009080713, OAH CASE NO. 2009040479, OAH CASE NO. 2008100752, OAH CASE NO. 2009010187, OAH CASE NO. 2007120415.Avoid the Appearance of Predetermination
participated when they:
Ms. S. ex rel G. v. Vashon Island School DistrictWhen have parents meaningfully participated?
meeting on the invitation.
The District is required to consider (but not necessarily agree with) parent concerns and requests.
“Parents request an additional speech/language assessment due to concerns in the area of pragmatics. The District will consider this request and will respond within 15 days.”
“Parents request ___________ due to concerns in the area of _________.”
(Describe the data, teacher reports, progress, etc.)
believes ______________ is/is not
(the parent request)
appropriate at this time. However, the District
proposes _____________ to address the areas
(proactive intervention, collecting additional data, etc.)
of parent concern.”ALWAYS INCLUDE THE REASON
“Parents are requesting an additional psycho-educational assessment due to concerns in the area of reading. In considering this request, the team reviewed current data, which indicate that Johnny is making progress toward his annual reading goal. Furthermore, Johnny’s teacher reports that he reading within grade level standards based on district assessments. Therefore, the District does not feel that an assessment is warranted at this timeand thus the District denies parents request for additional assessment.Areas of Disagreement
The District is required to respond to parent requests in writing within 15 days if the District is in disagreement.
Students may be removed from the regular education environment only when the nature or severity of the student’s disabilities are such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aides and services can not be achieved satisfactorily.
Ed. Code Section 56040.1Least Restrictive Environment
All of these require an IEP meeting!
Notify your Coordinator when considering any of these!Yes, These Are Significant Environment/Service Changes!
The District is required to provide a clear written offer of FAPE at the conclusion of the meeting.
There is a two-prong test to determine whether a district has provided FAPE:
Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson School District v. Rowley
Did the parents sign the IEP before leaving? If not, document why.
everyone gets the experience of taking notes.
Make the determination of who will be taking the notes before the meeting begins.
The IEP notes are part of a legal document. It is essential that they be professional, accurate, and representative of what occurred during the meeting.