Individualized Education Program-A Road Map to Success
After the Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (MET) determines eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team will develop an appropriate education program for your child.
- Meetings should be scheduled at a time and place that is agreeable for all team members.
- The school must notify you early enough to make sure you can attend.
- The meeting notice will indicate the purpose, time and location of the meeting and who will be in attendance.
- If you can’t attend the meeting the school will use other methods to ensure your participation (i.e., conference call).
- You may bring anyone to the IEP meeting who can provide support or additional information and expertise about your child.
- Informal and unscheduled conversations, or preparatory activities that will be discussed at a later meeting, can occur without your attendance.
The team may decide your child’s participation in the IEP meeting is appropriate at any age. One year before your child reaches the age of majority (age 18) the school will inform you about the transfer of rights to your child. You will retain the right to participate in meetings; however, all other rights transfer to your child unless he/she has a court appointed legal guardian.
- parent cannot be identified;
- parent cannot be located after several attempts;
- child is a ward of the state and no parent can be identified or located; or,
- child is an unaccompanied youth as defined by federal law.
When the school determines a surrogate is necessary, the school makes an application for appointment to the Arizona Department of Education. Once appointed, the surrogate parent represents the child in all matters relating to the identification, evaluation, placement and the provision of FAPE.
IEP members from the school will include:
- not less than one special education teacher;
- not less than one regular education teacher if the child is, or will be, participating in a regular education environment;
- a school district representative who is knowledgeable about district resources, the general curriculum, and is qualified to provide or supervise special education;
- an individual qualified to interpret evaluation results; and,
- a member of the IEP team may be excused from attending the meeting, in whole or part, if the parent and school agree in writing prior to the meeting.
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