HERE IS WHAT YOU SHOULD SAY AT EVERY IEP MEETING:

“Hello, I’d like to discuss my child’s progress for the past 3 months.”

The school people will say, “Oh, he/she has been doing very well.”

“But, I need to see DATA, written DATA which will help me evaluate his progress.”

Teacher:  “Oh, take our word for it, she’s been doing very well”

“Thanks so much, but I need to see DATA, WRITTEN DATA on progress.”

School people:  What do you want to see?

“I want to see the following curriculum based assessments:

  • Report cards
  • Unit test results
  • Progress notes made by teachers/aides
  • Any emails or messages sent by teachers to
  • Other people concerning my child

School people:  Oh, I’m sorry, we don’t have that material right now.

“Okay, well, please get all those documents for me immediately as I am entitled to them under the special education law and let’s meet after I’ve had a chance to review them.”

School people:  “You don’t need to see that, the teachers are here to talk to you about your child.”

“Thanks, I’d like to hear that, but that is not enough—I NEED TO SEE THE DATA.”

School people:  Okay, but who knows when we will able to get you those documents.

“Thanks, but you have 45 days to provide me with those documents from the date I requested them under the law.”

School people:  “Wow, you really know what you’re doing”

“Thanks, I also need to see the DATA on all standardized testing that was done to my child for the last two years so I can assess progress.”

School people:  “Well, I don’t know if we can get you that.”

“Thanks, but you will have to provide me with those records also within 45 days of my request as those are educational records I am entitled  to see.”

School people:  “we’ll try to find them.”

“Thanks, but you must find them as I have a right under federal law to see them.”

OKAY?  UNDERSTAND?  ONCE YOU RECEIVE THOSE RECORDS THE DATA, THEN YOU CAN ASSESS WHETHER YOUR CHILD IS MAKING PROGRESS AND GETTING AN APPROPRIATE EDUCATION.  IF THERE IS NO PROGRESS OR REGRESSION, THEN YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO A DUE PROCESS HEARING!