Understanding Your Child’s IEP (Individual Education Plan).
As a parent it’s important to be educated about your child’s rights under his/her IEP (Individual Education Plan). To fully understand the IEP which is often written in such a way that is complex, seek guidance from a professional if needed. Read through the draft of the IEP prior to attending the meeting and ask for as much time as needed to review the material prior to agreeing to any services.
Additionally, make sure your child has the needed accommodations or modifications written into your child’s IEP (Individual Education Plan). These changes should fit the student’s individual needs. It’s important to include the student, if appropriate, when discussing needed accommodations or modifications.
What is an accommodation? An accommodation allows a student to complete the same assignment or test as other students, but with a change in the timing, formatting, setting, scheduling, response and/or presentation. This accommodation does not alter in any significant way what the test or assignment measures. Examples of accommodations include a student who is blind taking a Braille version of a test or a student taking a test alone in a quiet room.
A modification is an adjustment to an assignment or a test that changes the standard or what the test or assignment is supposed to measure. Examples of possible modifications include a student completing work on part of a standard or a student completing an alternate assignment that is more easily achievable than the standard assignment.
By knowing your rights and understanding your child’s IEP (Individual Education Plan) completely, your child will have a better chance in succeeding in school and will also increase his/her self-esteem.