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NCD IDEA Implementation Series: Potential Semi-structured Questions for Parents
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NCD IDEA Implementation Series:

Potential Semi-structured Questions for Parents 

1)    Background information:

a)    Where do you live (city, state):

b)    How old is your child(ren) with a disability eligible for special education services?

c)    What grade(s) in school is your child in?

d)    Gender)    What is your child’s disability?

f)     Is your child eligible for free or reduced lunch at school?

g)    Has your child received English as a second language services?   

             i)        If yes, what is your child’s first language?   

            ii)        If yes, what language do you speak at home?  

2)    Can you describe how your child became eligible for special education services?

a)    Probe: Who recommended your child be evaluated?

b)    Probe: How was the evaluation process?

3)    Think back on your last IEP meeting. Can you describe how the IEP meeting went for you?

a)    Probe: Was there anything in particular that was helpful?

b)    Probe: Was there anything in particular that concerned you? 

4)    Does your child attend your neighborhood school? (that school that the child would attend if they did not have a disability)

 5)    Does your child receive any special education services in special education classes? Does your child receive any special education services in regular education classes?

a)    Which classes, if any, does your child take in special education classes?

b)    Which classes, if any, does your child take in regular education classes?

c)    If your child is educated in special education classes:                                    

i)        What factors contributed to deciding that they would be taught there instead of regular classes?                                   

ii)        How comfortable are you with that decision?               

       iii)        How, at all, has the decision impacted your child’s access to the same material as the children in your child’s grade and/or their opportunity to achieve similar goals (e.g. advance to the next grade, graduate with a regular diploma etc.) 

6)    Does your child participate in extra-curricular activities with other children who do not have disabilities?

a)    If yes - what are examples

b)    If no - why not?

c)    If no - would you like them to participate in activities that they do no access now? 

7)    What services and supports does your child receive through special education? How satisfied are you with the services and supports your child receives through special education?

a)    Probe: What, if any, additional supports and services you think your child needs to benefit from education?

b)    Probe: Which, if any, supports and services have not be beneficial to your child’s education? 

8)    How would you describe your overall experience with special education?

a)    Probe: Can you describe any moments where you think your child’s needs were successfully met?b)    Probe: Can you describe any moments where you think your child’s needs were not being met?                                    

           i)        Probe: How, if at all, did you raise your concerns with the school?   

          ii)        Probe: Have you ever considered filing a complaint? If so, how was that process? If not, why not? 

9)    Can you describe any state or local policies that you believe impact your child’s education?

a)    Are there policies that negatively affect your school’s ability to educate and provide services to your child?b)    Are there policies or practices that positively affect your child’s ability to educate and provide services to your child? 

10) Do you have any other general questions, concerns or insights that we have not addressed?

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