Q&A – Should the Whole Team be Present for an IEP?

Amending the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Q: My son’s special education teacher informed me she wants to have a meeting to amend his Individualized Education Program (IEP). It is not time for his annual review, but he has met some goals and objectives and she would like to change them. Do you think this is a Read More

Extended School Year (ESY) that elusive process that leaves us scratching our heads

Extended school year (ESY) was first established in federal law by the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1997 (IDEA ’97). While ESY services were to be a part of the planning for students prior to 1997 this requirement was drawn from case law. IDEA ’97 didn’t create new standards for ESY instead brought together well-established Read More

Q&A – IEP vs 504

You Asked, We Answered! Question One: My son was evaluated by my district and they determined that he was not eligible for an IEP but recommended a 504 plan. I asked for a copy of the Evaluation Report at the meeting and was told they would get it to me as soon as it was finalized. That was Read More

Evaluation Process

Regulations governing evaluation for special education are contained in Public Law 108-446 “The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004.” In addition, regulations concerning evaluation for services under Section 504 are contained in the Nondiscrimination Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (PL 93-112), Section 504. Section 504 only applies in educational systems within the United Read More

Evaluation

What is an evaluation? An evaluation is the process used to determine if a student is eligible for special education services and in what areas services need to be provided.  Both the federal regulations implementing IDEA 2004 and the state’s Washington Administrative Code 392-172A (WAC), define how evaluations are conducted by the school district and Read More