An Individualized Education Program (IEP) team meeting is a meeting of the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) to develop, review or revise an individualized education program for a child who has been determined to be eligible for special education and related services. The federal law uses the term IEP team but, in Connecticut the term more commonly used is PPT. The PPT is also responsible for reviewing, and as appropriate, revising your child’s IEP periodically, but not less than annually. You and the school district may agree in writing to change your child’s IEP between annual reviews without holding a PPT meeting. If you don’t agree to change the IEP without holding a PPT meeting, the PPT meeting will be held.
If your child is determined to be eligible for special education services, you will begin the team process of developing an IEP to meet the specific needs of your child. The IEP is a written plan that describes in detail your child’s special education program.
If your child is eligible for special education services, there are certain things a parent/guardian should do during the Individualized Education Program Meeting (IEP). A parent should:
- Share information about a child;
- Assist in development of goals and objectives/benchmarks;
- Contribute to the determination of appropriate special education and related services to be provided;
- Contribute to the determination of appropriated educational placement;
- Give permission for child to receive special education and related services (initial placement only); OR
- Withhold consent if you do not agree with the special education program being recommended.
In an Annual Review meeting (the IEP meeting that reviews the educational status and special education placement), a parent should:
- Gather school papers and other information that may be helpful at the meeting;
- Bring support person(s) to meeting if desired;
- Review the child’s progress in current IEP goals and objectives; and
- Assist in the development of a new IEP.
If you have a child with a disability and have questions about special education law, please contact Managing Partner Joseph Maya and the other experienced education attorneys at Maya Murphy, P.C. today at (203) 221-3100 or by email at JMaya@Mayalaw.com to schedule a free initial consultation.
This case was not handled by our firm. However, if you have any questions regarding this case, or any education matter, please contact Joseph Maya at 203-221-3100 or by email at JMaya@MayaLaw.com.