Date Published: Aug 31, 2008
Source: 
Preventing School Failure
Authors: 
Fish, W. W.
Volume: 
53
Issue: 
1
Page Numbers: 
14-Aug

The author investigated parental perceptions of the individualized education program (IEP) meeting among 51 parents of students who were receiving special education services from 1 family support service agency. Survey questions pertained to the following areas: (a) IEP meeting experiences, (b) knowledge level of special education law, (c) relations with educators, (d) IEP meeting outcomes, and (e) recommended areas for improvement. The majority of parents responded favorably that their overall IEP meeting experiences had been positive. Most respondents had positive perceptions of the IEP meeting because of educators' valuing parents' input while treating parents with respect and as equal decision makers. Also, most parents agreed that they had a clear understanding of the IEP process and special education law. (Abstract from author)