The process will follow a particular sequence, whether you're requesting an  IEP or your child, have been referred by a teacher, or have a child identified as eligible for services by your State child’s find program. Referral or request is made for an evaluation. A school professional may ask that a child be evaluated to see if he or she has a disability.  Parents may also contact the teacher of the child or other school professional to ask that their child be evaluated. This request may be verbal or in writing. Parental consent is needed before the child may be evaluated. Evaluation needs to be completed within a reasonable time after the parent gives consent. Child is evaluated. The evaluation must assess the child in all areas related to the child’s suspected disability. The evaluation results will be used to decide the child’s eligibility for special education and related services and to make decisions about an appropriate educational program for the child. Parents have the right to take their child for an IEE in case they disagree with the evaluation. They can ask that the school system pay for this IEE.


How to get an iep for your student

Eligibility is decided. A group of qualified professionals and the parents look at the child’s evaluation results.  They together decide whether the child is a "child with a disability," as defined by IDEA. Parents may ask for a hearing to challenge the eligibility decision. Child is found eligible for services. If the child is found to be a "child with a disability," as defined by IDEA, he or she is eligible for special education and related services. The IEP team must meet to write an IEP for the child within 30 calendar days after a child is determined eligible. EP meeting is scheduled. The school system schedules and conducts the IEP meeting. School staff must: contact the participants, including the parents; notify parents early enough to make sure they have an opportunity to attend; schedule the meeting at a time and place agreeable to parents and the school; tell the parents the purpose, time, and location of the meeting; tell the parents who will be attending; and tell the parents that they may invite people to the meeting. The IEP team gathers to talk about the child’s needs and write the student’s IEP. Parents and the student (when appropriate) are part of the team.  The parents must be part of that group as well in case the placement of the child is decided by a different group. Parents may discuss their concerns with other members of the IEP team and try to work out an agreement in case they o not agree with the IEP and placement. Parents can ask for mediation, or the school may offer mediation if they still disagree. Parents may file a complaint with the state education agency and may request a due process hearing, at which time mediation must be available. Services are provided. The school makes sure that the child’s IEP is being carried out as it was written.