IEP Timelines

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Nov. 13, 2020Updated Oct. 7, 2022

Here, we break down the timelines and steps involved in the IEP process.

Initial Assessment for Special Education

Annual IEP Meetings

Triennial IEP Meeting and Assessments

IEP Assessments

Suspension and IEPs

If a student who receives special education services is suspended for more than 10 days, the team is required to hold an IEP meeting to determine if the behavior exhibited by the student is a “manifestation of disability.” If the team determines that the student’s behavior is indeed a “manifestation of disability,” then the team will update the IEP to make adjustments to the supports and services to ensure that the student’s needs are adequately addressed.

Records Request

According to federal law, the school is required to provide education records for review by the parent within 45 days of a request. If the student who receives special education services requests education records, the school must comply without unnecessary delay and before certain events required by IDEA, such as an IEP or due process or resolution session. Learn more about requesting education records here.

Moving with an IEP

If your child is transferring into a new district, schools are required to hold an interim IEP meeting within 30 days of the student transferring in. Until then, the new district will follow the prior district’s IEP.

  • The purpose of the interim IEP is to review how the services in the prior IEP are working at the new school, and whether the current service providers feel there should be any changes made to the IEP to best serve the student.
  • When your child enrolls in a new school district, the former school district must send your child’s records to the new school within 5 business days upon receipt of the request.

Individual Transition Plan (ITP)

The ITP is a section of the IEP that outlines transition goals and services to prepare students for life after high school. The IDEA requires that all students have an ITP in place by the age of 16. The plan is updated annually.

The student must attend IEP meetings when they turn 17, and be informed of transfer of rights at age 18.

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Contents


Overview

Initial Assessment for Special Education

Annual IEP Meetings

Triennial IEP Meeting and Assessments

IEP Assessments

Suspension and IEPs

Records Request

Moving with an IEP

Individual Transition Plan (ITP)

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