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Individualized Education Program (IEP)

  • August 16th, 2011
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The document that guides the yearly educational programming for a student with disabilities is called an Individualized Education Program or IEP. Every child who receives special education services must have an IEP. If your child has been evaluated and identified as having a disability and in need of specially designed instruction, an IEP must be developed for your child. The IEP is developed by a team consisting of your child’s teachers, administrators, related service providers, and you, the parent.

The IEP must be completed within 30 calendar days after the evaluation team issues its Evaluation Report. Once developed, the IEP must be put into action as soon as possible, but no later than 10 school days after the IEP is completed. An IEP includes information about your child’s present levels of academic achievement and functional performance along with annual, measurable goals that have been developed for your child. The IEP specifically defines where, what kind, how much, and how often special education and related services will be provided. It identifies the tests or other methods of assessment that will be used to decide if your child is meeting the annual goals. The IEP includes information about how and when your child’s progress will be reported to you. IEPs are reviewed at least one time each year and more often if needed. You or another member of the IEP team may request an IEP meeting at any time.

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