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Morning Session 8:30 - 11:30

Connecting the Dots to Create a Legally Defensible IEP


Meeting the legal standard for a legally defensible IEP is not easy; defending an IEP in a due process hearing is extremely difficult in the current world of the Office of Administrative Hearings…but it is possible! This workshop will focus on how to write an IEP that can withstand the current OAH litmus test. We will look at how to write appropriate present levels that who the student’s unique circumstances as required by Endrew F. We will connect those present levels to baselines and goals. We will then discuss how to use that information to offer placement and services in the least restrictive environment. We will touch on the current trend in the law toward inclusion. This workshop is intended for all members of IEP teams. Attendees will have the opportunity to actively participate and ask questions throughout the workshop.

Afternoon Session 12:30 - 3:30

Legally Defensible Assessment Report Writing


Special education assessments are one of the most important components and building blocks of the individualized education program (IEP) process. Assessments meet a local educational agency’s (LEA’s) child find obligations. They provide the data necessary to determine eligibility as well as exit for special education. They teach teams about students and tell the story of each child’s “unique circumstances.” Assessment reports provide parents with an opportunity for participation in the IEP process and help parents to understand their children. Unfortunately, assessment reports are often the reason that LEAs lose in due process hearings because assessment reports do not provide us with these tools and are determined not to meet the legal standards required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and related California law. This workshop will explore the requirements of a legally defensible assessment report through reviewing the applicable code sections, relevant case law, and actual assessment report examples. We will discuss how to incorporate real life data to prevent over reliance on standardized assessment results; better assessment reports do not necessarily require additional testing time. Attendees will have the opportunity to actively participate and ask questions throughout the workshop.

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