For amended IEPs do you change the date on the IEP cover page? Or just use the written documentation?
The annual review date stays the same. Page 1 of the IEP has a place to record the date(s) of the amendment(s).
If at annual review for children 3-5 years of age, the re-evaluations have not been completed, can the current IEP be amended - extended until that time that evaluations are completed (the re-evaluation date would go over the 60 calendar days)?
No, you cannot extend the annual review. A new IEP must be written.
(Added August 2009)
If at annual review for children 5-20 years of age, the re-evaluations have not been completed, can the current IEP be amended - extended until that time that evaluations are completed (the re-evaluation date would go over the 45 school days)?
No, you cannot extend the annual review. A new IEP must be written. (Added August 2009)
May a SAU decide to develop short-term objectives for all children who are identified under Chapter 101 and attend the SAU’s public schools?
Yes, a SAU may decide to do that. The SAU must be aware that it is exceeding MUSER. If a SAU decides to do that, it would be advisable to add a statement about the decision to develop short-term objectives for all children attending the SAU’s public schools in the SAU’s special education policy.
May a SAU extend an IEP under amendment for a couple of weeks for extenuating circumstances such as completion of the three-year evaluation?
IFSP/IEP extensions that cause an IFSP/IEP to go beyond an end date of one year, that are intended to be bridges between annual documents, are not allowable. As the oversight agencies, the Department of Education and the CDS State IEU cannot authorize its use as a vehicle to commit public funds.
IFSP/IEP amendments are permissible as long as they occur within the year span of the document. The Team that makes the amendment must meet all the requirements unless the SAU and the parents agree to make amendments without an IEP Team meeting.
What about transfers from out-of-state who were residentially placed. How do you do a comparable IEP while evaluating?
The SAU should contact the sending district and placement to review the factors of the child’s safety within the specifics of the current placement. The receiving SAU should then move expeditiously to review evaluation data, determine if any additional evaluations are needed and develop an IEP which proposes the new placement.
When writing a new IEP, must the special education teacher and regular education teacher of the child write the IEP together? Or at least the regularteacher participate in some ways with the IEP writing?
The components of the IEP should be determined at the IEP meeting which must include a regular education teacher if the student is, or may be, participating in the regular education environment.
Where are "student interests" best documented?
It should be included in the "Strengths" section of "Considerations," unless the discussion is about interests as they relate to post-secondary goals and that should be in Section 11.
Which children who take alternate assessments must have short-term objectives in their IEPs?
MUSER § IX.3.A.1(a)(ii) states that, “For children with disabilities who take alternate assessments aligned to alternate achievement standards, a description of benchmarks or short-term objectives” are required in the IEP. If a child with a disability takes only a part of his assessments in alternate assessment aligned to alternate achievement standards, the part(s) of the IEP that relate(s) to the disability that requires an alternate assessment aligned to alternate achievement standards, and only this(ese) part(s), must have short-term objectives or benchmarks.
(Revised September 2010)
With IEP amendment, do you complete the:
1 - Written Notice;
2 - new IEP?
Yes, you need:
1. Written Notice
2. write the amendment on the previous IEP
When the SAU makes an amendment to the IEP, does that change the date of the annual review?
No, an amendment does not change