An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet a child’s individual needs. Every child who receives special education services must have an IEP. It is imperative that the development of this document includes the child’s educators, administrators, therapists and most importantly their family.
An IEP meeting must be held within 30 calendar days after a child has been diagnosed with a disability that is listed in the Individuals with Disabilities Act and needs Special Education services.
An IEP generally includes the following:
The child’s current functioning and academic level. It should include present levels of academic achievement and functional performance, describing how the child is currently doing in school and how the child’s disability affects his or her involvement and progress in the general curriculum.
Well defined goals for the child. These goals are defined by parents, therapists and the school team and should include the goals that the child should be able to accomplish within the school year, be it.
The specific special education and related services that the child will receive. This includes the accommodations and support services and aids that the child will receive in order to support his or her needs and what testing accommodations for the child if relevant. This includes whether or not a child will take state and district-wide assessments.