Who should be present at an IEP meeting?

Parent Question
Mar. 14, 2022Updated Jun. 28, 2022

The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) states that the following individuals must participate in developing a student’s IEP:

  • The parent(s)
  • General education teacher (if applicable)
  • Special education teacher
  • A representative of the school or district who is qualified to discuss and oversee the IEP, and has knowledge of both the general curriculum and public resources
  • An individual, such as a therapist, who can interpret the results of assessments
  • An additional specialist invited by the parent(s) or school, such as an advocate, or a private therapist or specialist (optional)

Remember: An individual on the IEP team can assume more than one of the above roles.

When (and after) the student turns 14, the IEP meeting must also include:

  • A transition services representative
  • The student (especially when post-secondary goals are discussed)

For more, see our article The IEP Meeting: Team Players and their Roles.

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