Hey, I’m back again! Celebrating with you all the work you’ve put in for your kiddo’s IEP meeting, got that plan in place, and left feeling some relief – but let’s be honest, that relief can be short-lived. Now you’re hit with questions like, “How do I know the IEP is actually happening as planned? Is it working for my child? Do I really have to wait a whole year to find out?”

Especially if your child has communication challenges, it can feel frustrating. Report cards sometimes don’t tell the real story – inflated grades or F’s due to behaviors, not knowledge. But hey, good news – there are better ways to check if the plan is on point or needs tweaking.

First, schools use different ways to check progress: school-wide, class-wide, and state-wide measures, plus ongoing individual progress monitoring. Formal evaluations happen every few years. Collective measures let you compare your child’s performance to peers, but the real gold is in individual progress monitoring.

Now, how to stay in the loop:

1. **Monthly Progress Reports:** Set up a deal with the school for monthly progress data. Make sure it’s comparing apples to apples – like tracking success on specific assignments over a set period. Programs like IREADY can help track your child’s progress in different skills.

2. **Homework Checks and Fun Assessments:** You might not be a teacher, but you’re the expert on your child. Try a baking project together if the school says your kid gets fractions. No need for more tests, just informal and fun ways to check-in.

3. **Parent Volunteer (if you can):** Yeah, it’s a luxury, but volunteering gives you inside info on the school if you can do it. Don’t expect a guaranteed “yes” to all your requests, but it’s a foot in the door.

4. **Regular Chats with Teachers:** Talk to all the folks spending time with your kiddo. One mom found out her daughter’s speech therapy sessions were happening “once in a blue moon,” even though the IEP said three times a week. If you suspect services aren’t going down as planned, ask questions, keep a log, and don’t hesitate to contact the school’s ESE Coordinator or file a district complaint.

Remember, you got this! Stay involved and proactive – it’s all about making sure that IEP is doing what it’s supposed to do for your child. 🌟

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