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Special Education Process

This page is designed to answer questions about the special education process. It has all the basic information you need to know now that your student has entered the SPED process.

While it was intended for parents of brand new special education students, all parents are welcome to watch and learn. At the bottom of the page is a form to request more information.

Please note that these videos are specific to Buckeye Elementary School District and may not be applicable outside of BESD.


Introduction to the video series and the special programs administration.


An overview of the most common acronyms in Special Education.

Who's at the table?

A brief description of each person involved in the IEP/MET and their role.

IEP vs. MET Meetings

Explanation of what is the difference between a MET and an IEP meeting.


A general guideline for timelines for the MET/IEP processes.

IEP Overview

A quick overview of the actual IEP document.

Access to curriculum

The difference between accommodations and modifications.

A guide to IEP goals

Introducing S.M.A.R.T. goals.


A look at how to read the environment and services page.


An explanation of how the school district applies for Medicaid reimbursement.


What is a PWN and why is it important?


How the grades of students with IEPs are affected.


How parents and the school district can partner together.