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What is an IEP? Beginner tips for understanding the IEP special education process.




What is an IEP?


The IEP is a legal document and serves as an education plan for students with exceptional (special) needs that is reviewed at least once a year at an "IEP meeting". It sets goals and expectations for your child’s learning and growth. a juicy one. It’ll keep your readers with you.


What should be included in the IEP?

- The student's current level of achievement

- Discussion of old goals & new goals

- The special education services to be provided

- Accommodations to support the student

- How much of the day the student will be in special education?

- Where and how often services will be provided, and for how long

"If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together" - African Proverb

Who should be at the IEP meeting?


- A school district representative

- The general education teacher

- The special education teacher

- Parent or guardian

- Additional providers servicing or testing the student.


Who gets an IEP?


To be eligible for an IEP, a student has to: Go through the evaluation process, and have one or more of the 13 conditions that are covered under IDEA, which includes conditions such as learning disabilities, Autism, and Speech & Language impairment. Additionally, the condition also has to significantly impact educational progress.


Where do I start?


If your child is struggling academically, socially, or with behavior and you want additional help, talk to your child's teacher and administrators about your concerns. Make sure to document your concerns in writing.



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