Dennis McAndrews, Esq., Founder and Managing Partner of McAndrews Law Offices, discusses the first rule when developing an appropriate IEP (Individualized Education Program). Dennis McAndrews’ full biography can be found by clicking here.
Tip #1 in Developing an Appropriate IEP:
Don’t expect to develop a proper IEP by beginning your preparation on the day of the IEP meeting. A comprehensive evaluation is an essential component in developing a proper IEP. If the Local Educational Agency (LEA) (the school district, charter school, or other public educational agency serving the child) has not completed a truly comprehensive Evaluation Report, including assessment of cognitive skills, achievement levels in all areas of the student’s strengths and weaknesses, social functioning, emotional issues, and behavioral functioning, the parent should request an Independent Educational Evaluation or demand that the LEA conduct a complete evaluation. Only by knowing a student’s true needs – in a concrete, specific, and documented fashion – can a proper IEP can be created.
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