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Special Education FAQ's

(Frequently Asked Questions)


In This section NAPCSE members are afforded the opportunity to review the most commonly asked questions.


This FAQ document has been developed for NAPCSE members to answer many of the questions and concerns that families and professionals have when they contact NAPCSE. This document looks specifically at the mandates and requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the federal law that supports special education and related services programming for children and youth with disabilities.


The answers to the questions listed below on special education services can be accessed only by members of The National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education (NAPCSE).  If you are not a member of NAPCSE, and would like to join, click here to register.


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Table of Contents


  • I think my child may need special help in school. What do I do?
  • What is special education?
  • Who is eligible for special education?

Your Child's Evaluation

  • How do I find out if my child is eligible for special education?
  • What happens during an evaluation?
  • So the school needs my permission to collect this extra information?
  • How does the school collect this information?

Your Child's Eligibility

  • What does the school do with these evaluation results?
  • How is a decision made about my child's eligibility for special education?
  • What happens if my child is not eligible for services?

Writing an IEP

  • So my child has been found eligible for special education. What next?
  • What is an Individualized Education Program?
  • What type of information is included in an IEP?
  • Who develops my child's IEP?
  • So I can help develop my child's IEP?
  • What should I do before the IEP meeting?
  • What happens during an IEP meeting?
  • Can my child's IEP be changed?


  • Will my child be re-evaluated?


Other Special Education Issues

  • Is the school responsible for ensuring that my child reaches the goals in his or her IEP?
  • What if I disagree with the school about what is right for my child?
  • How can I get more services for my child?
  • How can I support my child's learning?

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