As a parent, monitoring your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) progress is essential to ensure they are making adequate progress toward their goals. An IEP is a legal document that outlines specific educational goals and accommodations for students with disabilities, so tracking progress is crucial to ensure the student receives the necessary support to succeed. Here are some tips on how to track IEP progress as a parent:
- Understand the IEP goals and objectives
Before you can track progress, it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of your child’s IEP goals and objectives. Make sure you have a copy of the IEP and review it regularly. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact the school’s special education teacher or your child’s case manager.
- Communicate regularly with the school team
The school team, including the special education teacher and case manager, should provide regular updates on your child’s progress toward their IEP goals. Set up regular communication with the school team to discuss your child’s progress, any concerns you may have, and strategies that may be working at home.
- Attend IEP meetings
IEP meetings are an opportunity for you to discuss your child’s progress with the school team and adjust the IEP goals and objectives, if necessary. Attend all IEP meetings and come prepared with any questions or concerns you may have. Take notes during the meeting, and make sure to follow up on any action items after the meeting.
- Keep track of your child’s work and assignments
Keep track of your child’s work and assignments to get a sense of their progress. You can review their work to see if they are meeting the IEP goals and objectives. Keeping a portfolio of your child’s work is also helpful to show progress over time.
- Consider using technology
There are many tools and apps available to help track IEP progress. Consider using a digital tool to track your child’s progress toward their goals. These tools can help you monitor progress, set reminders, and communicate with the school team.
- Celebrate successes
Celebrating successes, no matter how small, is essential for maintaining motivation and building confidence. When your child meets an IEP goal or objective, take time to celebrate and acknowledge their hard work.
Tracking IEP progress can be collaborative between parents and the school team. By working together, you can ensure that your child receives the necessary support to succeed in school.
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