IEP Process

What is an IEP process?

An Individualized Education Program, or IEP, is a written document that specifically designs special education and related services for children who are found eligible for services through assessments provided from evaluation team reports (ETR). After an assessment has been completed, an IEP is created and reviewed at least once a year.

Members of the IEP team may include: parents, your child if appropriate, general education teachers, special education teachers, school psychologist, district representative, related service providers, and/or representatives from transition services agencies. You can read more about student’s rights and procedure in the A guide to parent rights in special education booklet.

If a student is found eligible for special education or related services, the IEP will include the following:

  • A summary of the assessment findings including the student’s current levels of performance
  • A statement of student goals and objectives that will be addressed over the next six to twelve months. Goals and objectives are written so that student progress can be objectively measured. The team will suggest methods of meeting these goals and objectives and will make maximum use of the child’s strengths and abilities. A description of evaluation criteria will also be included to determine how well the plan is working.
  • Specific services will be identified which are determined to be appropriate in meeting the child’s goals and objectives.
  • A recommendation for placement, starting date and anticipated frequency and duration of Special Education services will also be provided.
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