I'm supposed to get this iep signed and delivered to school this morning. We had a meeting a couple of weeks ago, but there were a couple of things that the CM said she needed to think about how to word correctly and the meeting was getting long so she sent a copy home with difficult child last Wed for me to look over and sign. I should have looked at it over the weekend, but I didn't. Anyway, this is the start of preparing for his transition to high school. We will have a meeting in the spring, when I think the high school counselors will be involved, to actually write the transitional portion and his re-evaluation will take place then, too. Since they will be looking at this iep as a place to start, I want to make sure this is "sending the right message". I'm still hoping that difficult child can go to college after high school, and difficult child says he wants to. Now, he still needs supports at this point and will definitely need an iep when starting high school. Here are my questions/concerns. 1) On his "secondary transition" page of this iep sent home, it indiciates that desired post-school outcome is an Advanced Standard Diploma. Ok, then below "Iep Goal", it says "no". Does that mean they don't plan on him needing iep help to get this diploma? (there's actually no such thing as an advanced standard diploma here- it is either advanced or standard or special or modified) 2) At the "post secondary education/training outcome" line, it says: "None- student expresses no interest or desire. 10/31/2008-04/30/2009: no additional services or activities chosen at this time" 3) for all three lines on this sheet (employment outcome, independent living outcome, and post secondary education outcome), it lists the agency responsible as "high school counselor". Does this mean they think he'll only need the typical guidance counselor involved to meet his post-school goals? 4) on the page for "summary of performance" (academic achievement, functional performance, and recommendatioons to assist in meeting postsecondary goals): NOTHING is listed under either category. 5) All his objectives/benchmarks are written as behavior- the same as last year- and are listed out (keeping hands to self, seek adult assistance when overwhelmed, etc). We had all agreed that these need to change since these were not his issues so much this year. We did kind of put it off, but in this iep, the objectives are still written out (all written as behavior)- 8 of them (even "difficult child working on identifying triggers" is written as behavior). But, no criteria or evaluation method is written under it 6) no progress or lack of progress is noted (at the end of last school year, these were noted as meeting benchmarks and an iep was signed to be in effect at the start of this school year). 7) Under placement decision (public day school)- the placement decision says "difficult child exhibits strong academic skills but needs adult support to monitor behavior". I'm just curious- when it is clearly written at the beginning of the iep that he has a diagnosis of depression, adjustment disorder, and Bipolar, and the teachers complaints are lack of organization skills, lack of motivation, trouble staying on task sometimes, but difficult child is not disrupting class and cooperates when redirected, does this sound like it's written correctly to you? (They have his neuropsychologist test results that prove he has problems in these areas) Furthermore, all year there has been reference to an existing BIP- but I don't think there is one. Last spring, we had an Functional assessment meeting and said that we'd develop a bip this year. This years' ieps have all referred to a bip put in effect last spring. I asked for a copy of it and the cm seems to have forgotten- I'm going to ask her again. I don't want to tic them off- the principal has been great since last spring, however this cm that started working with difficult child this school year has me a little worried. She has told me that if I don't hurry and sign the new iep, difficult child's old one expires and he won't have a legitimate one in place. I don't like feeling pressured like that and people here have said that the old one stays in effect. Suggestions?