These resources can help you understand the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and the importance of parent participation in developing your child’s IEP. This is a limited list of topics related to the IEP process. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Search the bigger A-Z list or contact us.
Once a child has been determined to be eligible for special education services, the IEP team will work together to write a plan that provides a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).
The IEP will include:
- Present level of academic achievement and functional performance statement in the IEP is a snapshot of the child’s current abilities and skills.
- Goals and objectives are the specific, measurable skills or behaviors that the student will master in one year’s time. The student’s progress will be monitored.
- Accommodations and modifications allow the student to participate and be successful.
- Special Education and Related Services are the programs and supports provided so the child can meet their goals.
- Students will be part of the general education curriculum and included in extracurricular activities as part of being educated in the least restrictive environment .
- The IEP also addresses assistive technology, behavior considerations, and participation in statewide assessments.
As part of the IEP process, parents should receive a copy of their procedural safeguards, which includes providing prior written notice and information on resolving disagreements. For students who are 16 or older, a transition plan is part of the IEP.
Getting ready for an IEP? See our Parent Advocacy resources to prepare for the meeting. Find More IEP Resources.
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