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10 Essential Steps for Your Child's IEP at the End of the Year

end of school year esy iep parent advocate special education May 19, 2023

As the school year comes to an end, it's crucial for parents to take proactive steps to ensure their child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) is well-prepared for the upcoming academic year.  We'll explore ten essential tasks that will empower you to optimize your child's IEP. From reviewing goals to engaging with teachers and evaluating progress, these tips will help you set the stage for your child's success.

  1. Review Your Child's Current IEP Goals: Begin by thoroughly reviewing your child's current IEP goals. Take a closer look at their progress and identify any areas that may need adjustments or extra attention.

  2. Collect Progress Reports: Gather progress reports from teachers and specialists involved in your child's education. Dive into these reports to gain a better understanding of your child's academic, social, and emotional development throughout the year.

  3. Schedule an IEP Meeting: Reach out to your child's school to schedule an end-of-year IEP meeting. This meeting offers a valuable opportunity to discuss your child's progress, set new goals, and address any concerns or modifications needed for the upcoming year.

  4. Stay Connected with Teachers: Maintain open communication with your child's teachers. Share your insights and observations about your child's learning experience, strengths, and challenges. Collaborate with teachers to develop strategies that support your child's success.

  5. Evaluate Accommodations and Modifications: Assess the accommodations and modifications provided to your child. Determine if they are still effective and necessary. Discuss any potential adjustments with the IEP team to meet your child's evolving needs.

  6. Explore Extended School Year (ESY) Services: Consider if your child would benefit from Extended School Year (ESY) services. ESY offers additional educational support during the summer break, helping to prevent regression and maintain progress.

  7. Discover Enrichment Opportunities: Look into enrichment programs or summer activities that align with your child's interests and can further support their growth and development.

  8. Keep Your Documentation Organized: Maintain a well-organized file containing your child's IEP, progress reports, and any relevant evaluations or assessments. This documentation will be invaluable in ensuring a smooth transition to the next academic year.

  9. Prepare for Transition: If your child is transitioning to a new school or grade level, take the necessary steps to facilitate a seamless transition. Communicate with the new school or teachers to ensure they are familiar with your child's needs and goals.

  10. Set Goals Together: Work collaboratively with the IEP team to set appropriate and achievable goals for the next academic year. Establish clear objectives that align with your child's strengths, challenges, and aspirations.


Q1: How often should I review my child's IEP? A1: It is recommended to review your child's IEP at least annually or more frequently if necessary, to address any changes in their needs or progress.

Q2: What if I disagree with a proposed change to my child's IEP? A2: If you disagree with a proposed change, discuss your concerns with the IEP team and request further clarification. Advocate for your child's needs and work collaboratively towards a resolution.

Q3: Can I request an IEP meeting at any time during the year? A3: Absolutely! You have the right to request an IEP meeting at any time if you feel it is necessary to address your child's needs and progress.

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