Important Special Education Timelines

The school year is now fully underway, so if you believe your child may require a change in services, now is the time to make a request for an IEP meeting or additional evaluations. Each of these requests is subject to certain timelines, with which the school district must comply. Remember, if you feel your child is not receiving an appropriate education, our office is here to help!

Requesting an IEP: 

  • You have the right to call an IEP meeting at any time!
  • Request an IEP meeting as soon as you feel your child's progress should be reviewed or services should be modified. We suggest you make this request in writing/via email. Keep a dated copy in your records. 
  • The school district must convene an IEP team meeting within 30 days of parent request. 

Requesting an Evaluation:

  • Once your child is found eligible for special education services, the school district is obligated to re-asses your child every 3 years. 
  • If you believe an assessment is required in between that 3-year period, you may request one from the school district. You should make this request in writing, and keep a copy for your records. 
  • After you request an evaluation, the school district has 15 days to either provide you with an evaluation plan for you to sign, or else to provide you with Prior Written Notice denying your request for an evaluation. 
  • Once you sign and return the evaluation plan, the school has 60 days to complete the assessment of your child and hold an IEP meeting to review the results. 

Keep in mind: school vacations in excess of 5 days are not included for the purposes of these timelines.