Questions to Ask Before and During Your Child’s IEP Meeting

I found this link for someone in one of my fb groups.  She was in tears.  She had joined a self-help group with other parents, to learn about her child's IEP.  She was made to feel like an idiot, because no one taught her that you do more then go to the school meeting and listen to what they have to say.  I actually remember those days myself.  It was a hard lesson to learn, and the schools don't want you to realize that you have a say in your kids schooling.

Small group of parents at IEP Meeting

Even if it’s not your first one, IEP meetings can still be confusing at times. Asking questions can help you be more informed, prepared and confident as a member of the IEP team.

Scroll down to see questions you can ask—both before and during an IEP meeting. Keep in mind that not all of the questions will apply to your child or situation. 

You can also print out these questions by clicking the view or download link below. You can then keep track of answers on the printout.

Questions to Ask Before and During the IEP Meeting (View / Download)

Questions to Ask Before the IEP Meeting

  • What is the goal of this IEP meeting?
  • Can we create an agenda for this meeting?
  • May I have a copy of my child’s most recent IEP document to follow along as we talk in the meeting?
  • Could you please provide me with prior access to copies of the notes/reports that we’ll be going over?
  • Who at the meeting will be qualified to interpret the results of my child’s independent educational evaluation?

Questions to Ask During the IEP Meeting

  • How does everyone at the meeting know or work with my child?
  • Could you tell me about my child’s day so I can understand what it looks like?
  • Can you explain how what you’re seeing from my child is different from other kids in the classroom?
  • Could we walk through the current program and IEP plan piece by piece?
  • How is my child doing in making progress toward his IEP goals?
  • What changes in goals would the team recommend?
  • Is this a SMART goal?
  • How is this goal measured and my child’s progress monitored?
  • How will my child be assessed according to grade level?
  • Who will work on that with my child? How? When? Where and how often?
  • What training does the staff have in this specific intervention?
  • What does that accommodation/instructional intervention look like in the classroom?
  • What support will the classroom teacher have in putting these accommodations/interventions into place?
  • What can I do at home to support the IEP goals?
  • I’d like to see the final IEP before agreeing to any changes suggested at this meeting. When can I see a copy?
  • When will the changes to his program begin?
  • How will we let my child know about any program changes?
  • Can we make a plan for keeping in touch about how everything is going?
  • May I have a copy of the notes the teacher referenced during this meeting?
  • If I have questions about the information I’ve been given about my child’s rights, who’s the person to talk to for answers?
  • Who’s the person to contact if I want to call another meeting?

Read about important things to do after your child’s IEP meeting. Get tips on how to make sure your child’s IEP is implemented properly. And learn how an IEP binder can help you stay up to date on your child’s progress.

About the Author

Portrait of Amanda Morin

Amanda Morin is a parent advocate, a former teacher and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/special-services/ieps...

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