Communicating IEP goal progress to parents

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997, teachers are required to notify parents of their child's progress towards their IEP goals. The process by which this requirement is carried out varies from school to school and teacher to teacher. This paper outlines a study aimed at determining the most effective way to communicate, in writing, student progress to parents. This study involves developing a new IEP progress report form to replace the existing form currently used in a high school in the Oceanside Unified School District. The progress report form will be developed based on input from parents and teachers through interviews and a survey. Positive methods of communication and suggestions for developing effective relationships between teachers and parents are also discussed in this paper. Increasing communication between teachers and parents helps to promote parental involvement and influences how the parents perceive and interact with the IEP team.