You will be invited to an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting after your child's evaluation is completed.
At the meeting, the IEP team, of which you are a member, will review information from the evaluation and other sources to determine if your child is eligible for special education services. If so, the team will work together at the meeting to develop an IEP.
The location of the meeting is determined by:
- Your child’s age/grade level
- The type of school your child attends
- The meeting will be held at the district Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) or at your child’s school, if possible:
- Look through the Family Guide to Preschool Special Education Services:
School-Age Students in Public School
- The meeting will be held at your child’s school.
School-Age Students Enrolled in Religious, Private, or Charter Schools, or Not Enrolled in School
- The meeting will be held at the district Committee on Special Education (CSE):
- If your child is or will attend a private or religious school in New York City, and the IEP team finds your child eligible for special education, the IEP team will develop an Individualized Education Services Program (IESP) instead of an IEP. The IESP will describe the special education services and/or related services to be provided while your child attends the private or religious school.
Preparing for the Meeting
- Gather information from people who know your child, such as teachers, providers or doctors.
- Be prepared to discuss your child’s strengths and needs, and how they affect his or her academic, social, emotional, and physical development.
- Review the evaluation results. Take notes on results that you think are important and results that you have questions about.
- Provide the IEP team, CSE, or CPSE with any independent assessments you want them to consider, and tell the IEP team about any issues you would like them to consider.
- Invite other people to the meeting who know your child and can help make decisions, such as a doctor, child care provider, relative or advocate.
- If English is not your preferred language, make a request for an interpreter in writing at least 72 hours before the meeting.
- If you want a certified IEP Parent Member to attend, make your request in writing at least 72 hours before the meeting. Visit the Parent Members page for more information:
Members of the IEP Team
- Parent(s) or anyone in a parental relationship with your child
- A general education teacher (when your child is or may be in general education)
- A special education teacher (if applicable)
- Related service providers (if applicable)
- A school psychologist (if the meeting is an initial evaluation or reevaluation for students in grades K-12, or in other meetings when applicable)
- A school social worker (if he or she is involved in the evaluation process for students in grades K-12)
- A district representative (CPSE administrator for preschool children)
- A school physician (if requested in writing by you or a member of the school at least 72 hours before the meeting for students in grades K-12)
- A certified IEP parent member (if requested in writing by you or a member of the school at least 72 hours before the meeting)
- An Early Intervention (EI) service coordinator (for preschool children, if requested by a parent)
- Your child (the student), if appropriate (if your child is 14 years old or older he or she must be invited)
You are a legally mandated member of the IEP team. You know your child best and can speak about his or her strengths and needs. As a member of the IEP team, you should:
- Offer observations about how your child learns
- Share information about your child’s interests
- Talk about how your child uses (or does not use) the skills he or she learns in school and at home
- Listen to what the other team members think your child needs to work on in school and share your suggestions
- Ask questions and speak up if you don't understand something
- Work with the rest of the team to develop the IEP
Questions to Ask
Examples of questions you might ask at the meeting:
- What type of learner is my child? Does the teacher attempt to use my child’s strengths while teaching him or her?
- How has the teacher accommodated my child’s learning and behavioral needs in the classroom?
- What programs or other supports might help my child? How can we get those?
- More questions to ask at the IEP meeting can be found in the Family Guide to Special Education Services for School-Age Children:
You have the right to request another IEP meeting to discuss your concerns. If you and the IEP team cannot come to an agreement, you can get help or challenge the decision through mediation or an impartial hearing.