Identification, Placement, and Review Committee
You or your child's teacher may request your child be referred to an Indentification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC). This committee is legislated by the Education Act under Reg. 181/98 to identify exceptional students, specify their needs, and address how those needs can be met. For more in depth information please visit the links at the bottom of this page. For a template letter requesting and IPRC, please click here.
It is likely that you will be invited to attend a school committee meeting to discuss the evidence of intellectual giftedness before testing and/or before the formal IPRC; you should go prepared with your own observations and evidence. You also might like to read Re-Forming Gifted Education by Karen B. Rogers and/or Being Smart About Gifted Children by Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster.
The school or board should provide information to you about the IPRC process in advance; ask for the information if necessary. Before the IPRC meets, materials and information are gathered to provide evidence related to the exceptionality; these may be anecdotal records, educational assessments, or reports. You should have access to these materials before the IPRC meets in order to look them over.
Appealing IPRC decisions
You have the right to appeal the decision of the IPRC with respect to:
Identification. For example, if they say that your child is not gifted and you have reason to believe otherwise. Often these issues will be around interpreting test results.
Placement: For example, whether the child will go into a regular classroom or into a special class, part- or full-time; this decision should be based on what setting would work best for your child, rather than any limitations imposed by the board's Special Education Plan.
The IPRC will provide their decision in writing. If you agree, sign and return it; if you do not agree, DO NOT SIGN IT. Instead, respond with a request for another discussion.
More IPRC Information
The Identification, Placement, and Review Committee:
considers whether children meet the board criteria as exceptional pupils
identifies the educational needs of the student
recommends the type of placement for instruction (such as regular classroom, full time gifted classroom or other options)
(Ministry of Education)
(Ministry of Education)
Resolving Identification or Placement Issues provides detailed information about the complaint process
Special Education: A Guide for Educators, Part D provides a full discussion of the rules and regulations related to the IPRC