Um, yeah, no, it didn’t.
I know that’s what the school district told you, but it didn’t. And the school district can’t stop providing services because your last annual IEP meeting was over a year ago. Here’s the deal:
By law and local state rule, IEPs need to be revisited annually. Present levels need to be updated, goals and objectives need to be revised, placement for the next year needs to be reviewed and decided. However, if your last annual IEP was on March 15, 2012, the world does not come to an end if you don’t have your annual IEP meeting by March 14, 2013. Your old IEP remains in effect until the IEP team meets to have the annual meeting.
So then why do school districts tell parents that IEPs expire and insist that annual meetings MUST be held no more than 1 year from the date of the last annual IEP?
Because the law and state rule technically requires IEPs to be revisited annually, the State Department of Education tracks school districts’ compliance. The State DOE can require a district to show them how many IEPs were not renewed within the required time. So even though the school and the parents may have agreed to extend the annual IEP meeting past the 1 year date, that agreement doesn’t show up in the data reported to the State. And what happens? The district gets dinged. Instead of dealing with answering to the State, districts fabricate this “IEPs expire” situation, tricking the parents into believing that if they don’t hold the meeting by the anniversary of their last annual meeting, their child will stop receiving services.
Now you know. Don’t be bullied. Next time they tell you that your child’s IEP is expiring, let them know that you know better……