Thursday, January 20, 2011

New ISBE booklet for Special Ed Parents

A new booklet has been published and made available by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for parents of students in Special Education. We all know how difficult it can be to keep track of our child's information for IEPs and other Special Education-related matters.

Some parents are lucky enough to have the focus, time and organizational and office management skills of a legal secretary. These parents set up filing systems and tabbed notebooks, and they religiously file papers in the right place at the right time, the first time.

ISBE's booklet is the "Illinois Student Records Keeper for Parents Whose Students Receive Special Education Services.". You can download its 56 pages from the ISBE website or from the website of the Parent & Educator Partnership, which is where I learned about this.

The publication date is October 2010. (You've already heard about this from your school district; right?)

The booklet is at

If you prefer to go directly to the Illinois State Board of Education website and download the booklet there, you can go to and click through the following path to the booklet:
On the homepage, find the section near the top for "Parents/Students"
Click on "Special Education"
On the right side under Resources, click on "Parents"
Scroll down to the bottom and click on "Student Records Keeper..."

Look around while you are at this index. My guess is you'll find some other very interesting and helpful booklets and brochures.

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