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Do Not Include the Kitchen Sink in the IEP

Only Write What is Necessary

When you summarize the student’s Present Levels in the IEP, concentrate on the word “present.” Not “last year’s” or the “year before.” Eliminate old Present Levels. They do nothing but cause confusion for the readers of the IEP.

When you list standardized scores in the IEP, state what they mean (i.e., Average, Below Average). Otherwise, they have no meaning to most parents.

Do not put side comments in the IEP, such as “he is a hard working student and a pleasure to teach” or “have a nice summer.”

When you add new Parental Comments, eliminate the prior Comments. The Parental Comments section is not supposed to be a journal or the parents’ stream of consciousness from the last several years.

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Rochelle’s Special Education Tips (“Tips”) are designed to be helpful and thought provoking, but should not be considered legal advice as they may not be accurate for use in all situations. Tips are based on my opinions and positions in accordance with federal and Maryland law and my over 35 years of experience in the special education legal field. – Rochelle S. Eisenberg, Esquire

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