Step 4: ARD/IEP Planning Conference Between Family and School
NOTE: An ARD/IEP Planning Conference is NOT a requirement of schools within the law. It is considered a “best practice” and is proven to benefit the productivity of IEP committees. Parents are encouraged to be creative and utilize their communication and relationship-building skills to make Planning Conferences happen for their committees.
Family and school personnel meet informally to share and clarify information pertinent to the education process.
The purpose of the ARD/IEP planning meeting is to introduce information and allow families time to reflect upon and understand all information before making critical decisions
Evaluation information is shared
Present levels and needs may be shared
Possible IEP goals or objectives may be outlined
Placement options are reviewed
Allows for greater depth of conversation and exploration of options than the typical ARD/IEP meeting affords
All information and options discussed at the ARD/IEP planning meeting must be re-examined at the formal ARD/IEP meeting
Who is involved?
l The family and the student (when appropriate)
l School personnel involved in the assessment and instruction of the student
What is the timeline?
l It is recommended that the ARD/IEP planning meeting take place within two weeks of the scheduled IEP meeting.
Texas Project FIRST is an activity of the Texas Continuing Improvement Process (TCIP) under the auspices of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Region 9 Education Service Center, and is focused on helping to fulfill the goals of TEA and the Parent Training Committee