How to Elevate a Problem with an IEP

Aug 25, 2020 | Advocacy

Parents, if you are having a problem with your child’s IEP, do you know how to effectively elevate the problem within your child’s school system?

Arlington Public Schools provides a suggested communication pathway.

If your school division doesn’t have this type of guidance, a good rule of thumb is to start at the source. This usually means the teacher, case carrier, or therapist. Give them a chance to fix it. If that doesn’t work, work your way up, one level at a time, until you reach someone who can solve the problem. It’s also a good idea to document your concerns in writing as you proceed, for instance by sending emails.

Many problems can be resolved by proceeding in this manner, avoiding the need for formal dispute resolution.