Amendment ARD / IEP Meeting

What's Required

(4)Agreement.
(6)Amendments. Changes to the IEP may be made either by the entire IEP Team at an IEP Team meeting, or as provided in paragraph (a)(4) of this section, by amending the IEP rather than by redrafting the entire IEP. Upon request, a parent must be provided with a revised copy of the IEP with the amendments incorporated. §300.324(a)(4))

What We Do


ARD/IEP Amendments

 

WHAT IS AN ARD/IEP AMENDMENT:  

An ARD amendment is a change to a student’s IEP without holding a full ARD committee meeting. 

According to law, after the annual admission, review and dismissal (ARD) meeting, changes to the individualized education program (IEP) may be made either (§300.324(a)(4)):

v  The entire ARD committee

v  By amending the IEP rather than by redrafting the entire IEP.


WHEN AN ARD/IEP AMENDMENT IS APPROPRIATE;

There are special circumstances under which an ARD/IEP Amendment is appropriate, which include:

v  Fix clerical errors in the ARD/IEP 

Examples: 

  •  incorrectly noted goal and objective dates
  •  missing checkbox that should have been checked based on IEP meeting discussion (ex. interpreter was used but checkbox was not selected)
  •  incorrectly identfied accommodations based on the IEP Committee discusion and descision

v  Addition of an IPI or AIP that does not constitute a change of service to the SOS page

v  Adjustments to the Co-teach minutes outlined in the SOS page due to campus period minutes (example: transfer student had co-teach at a campus that had 90 minute blocks and the receiving high school period blocks are 55 minutes each. This could cause the SOS page to reflect the campus schedule but does not change the intent of the ARD Committee to ensure that the student has Co-Teach services from bell to bell)


 ARD/IEP amendments are not appropriate in the following circumstances:

v  Eligibility determination (review completed assessments)

v  Changes of placement and special education services

v  Manifestation Determination Reviews


COMPONENTS OF A LEGALLY COMPLIANT AMENDMENT:

To amend an IEP without an ARD meeting, The parent of a child with a disability and the local educational agency (LEA) must agree not to convene an ARD committee meeting for the purpose of making changes to the IEP; and the LEA must develop a written document to amend or modify the child’s IEP (§ 300.324(a)(4)(i)).  If the IEP is amended without an ARD committee meeting, the ARD committee membership must be informed of those changes.  Upon request, a parent must be provided with a revised copy of the IEP with the revised changes.

WHO: There are three persons who are always required to sign and date the IEP Amendment Report:


     The parent, or when appropriate a guardian, surrogate parent, or an adult student.  

This individual may agree for the change over the phone but a copy of the signature page should still be sent home with a request of return. 

     An administrative representative, such as the principal or an assistant principal.

     And the Special Education Representative, in our case the assessment personnel (diagnostician, SLP, ARD Facilitator)

 

***This is the only instance in which all ARD committee members are not required to attend a meeting.  These staff members sign agreement to the proposed change with agreement from the parent.***



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