School of Education
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
parent advocacy, inclusive education, individualized education program, IEP meeting process, IDEA, procedural violations
Education | Special Education and Teaching
Clanton-Davis, Rhonda, "Improving Parents' Knowledge of the IEP Process: An Applied Study" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3885.
The purpose of this applied study was to examine the problem of parents’ insufficient knowledge about the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process in a central Texas elementary school and to design training to improve parental IEP knowledge and involvement. The central research question was: How can the problem of parents’ insufficient knowledge of the IEP process be solved at Brown Elementary School in central Texas? In a virtual setting, I used content analysis of the following participants: parents of children with disabilities, general and special education teachers, and public education administrators. I collected data collected using quantitative and qualitative approaches from surveys, interviews, and a focus group with administration and teachers to analyze and inform experiences within the IEP process. I analyzed data using codes and themes, as well as the Likert scale. Results may be used to develop procedures to improve parents’ IEP knowledge at a central Texas elementary school. Keywords: parent advocacy, inclusive education, individualized education program, IEP meeting process, IDEA, procedural violations