The New IEP Form

Free workshops for special education families

Did you know a new IEP form is coming to Massachusetts?

Some school districts are already using the new form, but most won’t start using it until the 2024-25 school year. The law has not changed – and basic concepts of special education remain the same. But the process of discussing the IEP as a Special Education team will be different. 

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To help families understand these changes, the Federation is launching a series of workshops on understanding the new IEP form. We will offer an “Introduction to the new IEP Form” seven times in English. Sessions in additional languages are in process and will be scheduled soon!

We are also offering a 5-Session Series designed to help families build confidence, skills, and understanding of how to be an effective partner in the IEP process. Click on the links below to register for the introductory session, or the full 5-session series.

Introduction to the New IEP Form

New IEP Form:  Register for the Skill-Building Series

When you register, you will be automatically signed up for all five events. However, please feel free to attend only the sessions that interest you or work with your schedule.

  • Wednesday, March 13, 5-6pm – Crafting Effective Student/Parent Concerns
  • Monday, March 25, 10-11am –  Advancing your Student’s Voice Throughout the IEP
  • Monday, April 8, 6-7pm –  Understanding Goals: From Objective and Benchmarks to Effective Progress
  • Wednesday, May 15, 10-11am – Meaningful Accommodations vs. Instructional Modifications
  • Wednesday, June 5, 6:00-7:00 – Bringing Forth Family Knowledge Through Data Collection

Sessions for MassPAC Members

Special Education Parent Advisory Councils that are members of MassPAC are eligible to attend special sessions on the new IEP, many of them in-person. Learn more about MassPAC and how your district can become a member at

Updates to Basic Rights Workshops

The Federation will continue to provide “Basic Rights in Special Education” workshops that use the current (older) IEP form for the remainder of this school year, because most school districts are using the old form at this time. Information about legal concepts, parent role, and requirements for the IEP will not change and will apply once the new IEP is implemented; only the form that is used to capture this information will change. Starting in September 2024, our Basic Rights series will reference the new IEP form.