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ERIC Number: ED557727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
Parent Feedback about Individualized Education Program Team Meetings for Students in Kindergarten through Grade 12
Cooper-Martin, Elizabeth; Wilson, Heather M.
Montgomery County Public Schools
This report presents parent feedback from a study that focused on experiences at Individualized Education Program (IEP) team meetings and also explored parent satisfaction with delivery of special education services. The study included all parents of Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools (MCPS) students who had educational disabilities, were enrolled in kindergarten to Grade 12, and had an IEP meeting between February 1 and May 15, 2013. A paper and pencil survey was mailed to 4,700 parents during spring 2013. Usable, returned surveys totaled 1,495, for a 32% response rate. Nearly all responding parents (typically at least 90%) reported positive experiences with their child's most recent IEP meeting, with respect to the following: implementation of process as intended, communication during meeting, understanding of purpose and of process, climate at meeting, and satisfaction with meeting. In addition, a large majority of all respondents (at least 87%) were highly satisfied or satisfied with each special education service their child received. Findings were very similar across all school types: elementary, middle, high, and special. (The latter are for students with significant disabilities.) Statistically significant differences between these groups are reflected in the recommendations section below. When asked to list things that worked well at the IEP meeting, 71% of all responding parents did so. The most frequent, positive comments concerned the meeting's organization; collaboration and communication; relationships among staff, student, and parent; and helpful information. When asked to list ways to improve the IEP meeting, 43% of all respondents did so. The most frequent suggestions were to invite all pertinent staff to the meeting; to lengthen the meeting or be more flexible about scheduling; and to increase clarity, explanations, or information. Tables are appended. [This report was produced in collaboration with the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) Office of Special Education and Student Services.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Office of Shared Accountability
Identifiers - Location: Maryland