Special Education Tools- “The Basics”

 

MPACT has several tools to help guide you through the special education process. Below you will find helpful sample forms, sample letters, and fact sheets that will provide you with information on your eligibility, evaluation, effective communication tips, individualized education plans, and much more.

Effective Communication

Parent Participation Fact Sheet

IDEA affords parent the right to be apart of the IEP team and to take an active role in their child's education. This fact sheet takes an in-depth look at the role of parent in regards to special education. [pdf-embedder...

Learning to Negotiate Fact Sheet

Use the negotiating techniques described in this fact sheet and you may find resolving a disagreement with your child’s school is easier and more successful. [pdf-embedder...

Consensus Fact Sheet

This fact sheet explains what a consensus is and how to know when it has been reached.

School Contact Log

This log can be used to help you keep a record of your contact with your child's school.

Expressing Appreciation Letter

It's important that parents acknowledge things that are going well at school. Use this sample letter as a guide for expressing appreciation.

Eligibility

Evaluation & Testing

Alternate Assessment Participation Determination Sample Form

Alternate assessment participation is determined by the student’s IEP team, using the criteria established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This sample form may be used in to help determine eligibility. [pdf-embedder...

Evaluation Report Document

The evaluation report documents assessment results and review of data that assists in determining whether a student is eligible for special education, and provides information to the IEP team to assist with IEP development. [pdf-embedder...

Request Initial Evaluation Sample Letter

This is an example of how to write a letter to request for an initial evaluation to determine if your child needs special education services. [pdf-embedder...

Independent Educational Evaluation

An independent educational evaluation (IEE) is conducted by a qualified examiner who is not employed by the public agency (school district) responsible for the education of the child in question. This fact sheet explores IEE. [pdf-embedder...

Initial Evaluation

The first time your child is evaluated for special education is called an initial evaluation. This fact sheet takes a look at what parents can expect during the evaluation process. [pdf-embedder...

Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

Developmental Achievement Chart

This developmental achievement chart provides parents with helpful information about where their child is at developmentally.

Excusal of Mandatory IEP Members Form

This form excuses IEP team members from attendance due to the member’s area of the curriculum or related services is not being modified or discussed. [pdf-embedder...

Request Notice of Action Sample Letter

This is an example of how to write a letter to request that your school gives you a written notice of action regarding a change to your child’s special education services. [pdf-embedder...

IEP Prep Questions for Parents

Answering the following questions prior to your child's next IEP. They should help you see the big picture and identify key issues.

Parent Participation Fact Sheet

IDEA affords parent the right to be apart of the IEP team and to take an active role in their child's education. This fact sheet takes an in-depth look at the role of parent in regards to special education. [pdf-embedder...

IEP Components

Once it has been determined that a student qualifies for special education and related services the next step is to develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This fact sheet helps parents understand the process. [pdf-embedder...

Procedural Safeguards

Procedural Safeguards are designed to protect the rights of parents and their child with a disability and, at the same time, give families and school systems several mechanisms by which to resolve their disputes. Download a copy and review it before your child's next...

Reviewing Your Child’s PLAAFP

Helpful questions when reviewing your child's present level of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP).

Special Education: What I Need to Know

Special Education: What I Need to Know This free training helps you to understand the many aspects of obtaining special education services for your child with a disability. This training is also available as an MPACT online training.

Records & Notification

Prior Notice of Action

School districts must give parents notification prior to taking any action impacting a child's IEP.

Parental Consent to Access Public Insurance Document

With parental consent, the school district is allowed to seek reimbursement from the MO HealthNet (Medicaid) Division for the purpose of payment for applicable services provided through an Individualized Education Program (IEP), under the Individuals with Disabilities...

Transfer of Parental Rights at Age of Majority Document

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), upon reaching the age of 18, parent procedural rights transfer to the student unless the student has been declared incompetent by a court of law and a guardian has been appointed by the court. This document...

Records Request, 2nd Attempt Sample Letter

This is an example of how to write a letter to request your child’s records from the school if your first request is not responded to by the school. [pdf-embedder...

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology Fact Sheet

What is assistive technology and what role can in play in your child's education? This fact sheet takes an in-depth look.

School Accommodations and Modifications

Students often need accommodations or modifications to their educational program in order to participate and be successful in school. This fact sheet gives a brief overview of what may available for your child. [pdf-embedder...

Other Helpful Tools

IDEA In-State Transfer Student Form

State and federal regulations require that when a student with a disability transfers from one school in the state to another school district in Missouri, the new school in which the child enrolls shall take reasonable steps to promptly obtain the child’s records,...

IDEA Out-of-State Transfer Student Form

State and federal regulations implementing the IDEA require that when a student with a disability transfers from an out-of-state school district, the new school in which the child enrolls shall take reasonable steps to promptly obtain the child’s records, including...

Missouri’s Office of Special Education administers state and federal funds to support services for students and adults with disabilities. The Office of Special Education has valuable information about special education in Missouri.

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The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) administers the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The OSEP website houses valuable information and resources about the special education process.

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