ERIC Number: ED435164
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Questions Often Asked by Parents about Special Education Services. NICHCY Briefing Paper. LG1. 4th Edition.
Kupper, Lisa, Ed.
This briefing paper provides answers to frequently asked questions about special education. It is divided into sections addressing student evaluation, special education eligibility, writing an Individualized Education Program (IEP), re-evaluation, and other special education issues. Specifically, information is provided on: (1) the purpose of special education; (2) eligibility for special education; (3) student evaluation; (4) parental permission for additional assessments for eligibility; (5) how school's collect information about a child to determine eligibility; (6) how decisions are made about eligibility; (7) what happens if a child is not eligible for services; (8) types of information included in an IEP; (9) development of the IEP; (10) statements included in the IEP; (11) parent participation in the IEP; (12) preparation for an IEP meeting; (13) the process of writing an IEP; (14) related services as listed in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; (15) revisions to IEPs; (16) how children are re-evaluated for eligibility; (17) school responsibility for ensuring that children reach their goals on their IEPs; (18) what parents should do if they disagree with school decisions; (19) how parents can advocate for more services; and (20) how parents can support their child's learning. (CR)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Disability Identification, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Evaluation Methods, Federal Legislation, Individualized Education Programs, Parent Participation, Special Education, Student Evaluation, Student Rights
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, Washington, DC.