As a parent of a child with special needs, you are a key member of your child’s Special Education Team and play an essential role in the creation of their IEP. The Special Education Team is responsible for:
- Seeing if your child is eligible for special education and related services
- Creating an Individualized Education Program (IEP) tailored to your child’s specific needs
- Monitoring your child’s progress toward achieving their Annual Goals as specified in the IEP
The school or district cannot change your child’s IEP without first notifying you and getting your consent. Though an IEP is created with annual goals in mind, the Federal special education law, called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004), requires that objectives and/or benchmarks be included in your child’s IEP. Benchmarks and objectives mark milestones in your child’s progress toward reaching their goals. They should be specific and provide measurable data to best evaluate your child’s progress.
But how do I know if progress is being made?
Join me at Exceptional Lives to find out!