Each team member brings important information to the PPT meeting. Members share their information and work together to write the child’s Individualized Education Program. The student’s strengths, needs and concerns are determined and documented on pages 4 and 5 of the IEP form. Each team member’s information adds to the team’s understanding of the child and to a determination of what services he or she needs. Parents may ask for the qualifications of the team members working with their child.
The PPT team determines if the child meets eligibility requirements for special education services and for specific related services. If so, an IEP will be developed to include appropriate goals and objectives, levels of service and placement for the child.
Excusal from IEP Meetings
A member of the IEP team may be excused from attending a PPT meeting, in whole or in part, if the parent and the school agree, due to the fact that the member’s area of the curriculum or related services is not being modified or discussed. If the member’s area of expertise is being discussed, in order to be excused, the member must submit in writing to the parents and the team, prior to the meeting, his or her input into the development of the IEP. In both instances, parents must consent in writing.