Video Summary: How do I know my child is in the appropriate education setting?

This video describes the different kinds of placement opportunities in the Individualized Education Program (IEP). After your child has been identified as having a disability, been evaluated to see whether or not that disability merits the use of special education services, been found eligible for those services, and you’ve drafted an IEP for your child, your child will be placed into an educational setting. Depending on your child’s disability, this setting can be a regular classroom or something completely different. In the next few sections, we will cover the different aspects of placement, like Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), as well as the forms and Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) that go along with the placement process.

The key thing to remember for now, however, is that you must continue monitoring your child’s progress after they are placed. If the placement isn’t working for them, or if you’re seeing that their performances falls below expectations after a new placement, those are signs that your child may not have been placed appropriately, and you should discuss that with the rest of your child’s IEP team.

State Reporting System (SRS) Progress Report

The standard SRS Progress Report provides a clear and concise way to monitor your child’s progress across during an IEP school year. On the first page, you will see the annual goal of your child’s IEP (the form allows for multiple annual goals), benchmarks (which act as smaller, short-term goals that work towards the annual goal), schedule of the IEP, and evaluation procedure the IEP will use to measure progress. Most importantly, however, you will see section called Progress Measurement, which shows you how your child is doing in reachiung the IEP goals. The IEP team will comment on whether your child’s progress in the IEP is sufficient and why, as well as any additional comments.

Besides the SRS Progress Report (or a similiar reporting form), the IEP provides for a number of ways to measure or monitor your child’s progress. Written reports by teachers, grade reports, regular parent-teacher meetings, and progress notebooks all work to let you know how your child is doing in their placement.

As previously mentioned, we will cover the finer details of placement in an IEP in the following sections, but keep in mind that’s important to regularly monitor your child’s progress and make sure you report any problems you see to the IEP team.