What Must Be On The Checklist
There is a cool new app for iPhone that allows users to record information relevant to the next IEP meeting into the phone so that information is never forgotten. This free IEP software was created by the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center, or PEATC. It is completely free to download and is available at http://www.peatc.org in both English and Spanish. The IEP checklist app for iPhone works by tracking 13 areas typically covered in the IEP. These areas include:
1. Team Members - Track current members and changes in the IEP team.
2. Notifications - Ensures written notification of upcoming meetings is done in a timely manner.
3. Current Performance - Record the Present Level of Performance (PLOP) that is used as a starting point to determine the student's future goals.
4. Annual Goals - Document the child's future educational goals.
5. Service Supports and Aids - List any current services, supports and aids needed to meet the IEP goals.
6. Special Factors - Behavior, language, communication, hearing and vision needs along with any assistive technology, or AT, required addressing these special needs.
7. Student Placement - Determining the classroom where the child will be educated while carefully considering the least restrictive environment.
8. Assessments - Includes formal assessments done to determine the child's present level of performance.
9. Other Considerations - Documentation of whether the student is:
- blind or visually impaired
- deaf or hearing impaired
- has special communication needs
- has limited English proficiency
- exhibits behaviors that impede his or her learning OR the learning of others (if the answer to this question is 'yes,' the IEP must contain a functional behavior plan.
10. Transition Plan - The first IEP that is in effect, as the child turns 16, must include a transition plan. In some states, this is required to begin at age 14. This plan contains goals and services for the student to assist them in transitioning from high school to adulthood.
11. Secondary Transition
12. Prior Written Notice - Notes about formal notification evaluations, changes to the IEP, or upcoming meetings.
13. Additional Reviews