A federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that public schools create an IEP for every child receiving special education services. Children age 3 through high school graduation or a maximum age of 22, whichever comes first, may be eligible for an IEP.
The IEP is meant to address each child's unique learning needs through educational goals, accommodations, modifications, placement, etc. It is a legally binding document.
The IEP creates an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related service personnel, and students (when appropriate) to work together to improve educational results for children with disabilities.
The law requires the IEP team to review the IEP once a year. However, the IEP team can meet any time during the year if a meeting is needed/requested. As a parent, you have the right to request an IEP meeting at any point during the school year.
The purpose of the 3 year re-evaluation is to determine if the child continues to be a child with exceptionality, the child's present levels of educational performance and educational needs, if the child continues to need special education services, and if any modifications to the services are needed. The 3 year re-evaluation does not require new testing be completed if the team members feel they can make the required determination with existing data.
Please contact me if you have ANY questions regarding your child's IEP.