If your child has an IEP, it can be confusing to have both an IEP meeting and a parent-teacher meeting. It may feel like both cover the same ground.
But the reasons for each meeting aren’t the same. The people who come to the meeting are different. And the conversations focus on different aspects of your child’s education. Here are the differences between IEP meetings and parent-teacher meeting.
To review, revise, and update your child’s IEP.
To discuss your child’s academic and social progress in school.
It depends on what’s being discussed. A meeting can be 30 minutes, or it can last an hour or more.
Schools typically schedule 10 to 20 minutes for a parent-teacher meetings.
Students with IEPs, or students being evaluated for special education.
•Your child’s general education teacher(s)
You and your child’s teacher will attend the parent-teacher meeting. A second teacher or administrator may also be there.
When they happen
Provincial law requires schools to hold annual IEP meetings. But you can request an IEP meeting at any time. The special education teacher or IEP case manager can also ask for one.
These meetings continue for as long as your child has an IEP.
However, you can ask for a meeting with the teacher at any time. It’s important to do this if you have concerns about your child, or if you need to talk through any specific issues.
It depends on the purpose of the IEP meeting.
Many parent-teacher meetings follow a set agenda. The teacher provides basic information about test scores and shares work samples. Then, the teacher talks through observations about your child’s academics and social life with peers.
Knowing the difference between an IEP meeting and a parent-teacher conference can help you make the most of both meetings. Learn how to talk to teachers about learning and thinking differences and how to decode teacher comments.