IEP 101: Common Binder Documents
As we mentioned in The Paper Chase, you may want to consider having two binders: a master binder (which you'll add to all year long) and a smaller binder that you'll bring to the IEP meeting, which includes copies of the documents that support your main questions and concerns.
The following is a list of common documents you should gather:
- Classwork samples
- Current (last year’s) IEP and any addendums (if applicable)
- Data you’ve collected on goal progress, service minutes, and behavior
- District assessments and any independent assessments
- Draft IEP
- Independent work samples you’ve collected
- List of concerns
- Parent concerns letter, if applicable
- Progress reports from the current IEP
- Proposed accommodations
- Proposed adjustments to IEP goals
- Reports from private therapists, doctors, etc.
- Research you’ve collected
- Vision statement
- Yearly Progress Chart (learn more about this here)
Once you’ve completed your checklist, you’re ready to build your master and meeting binders!