Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

Background

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, (IDEA), Part B, requires that an Individual Education Plan (IEP) be developed for every student who receives special education services. The IEP is a legal and binding document and must be followed as written. By law, IEPs must include:

  • present level of academic achievement and functional performance
  • statement of special education and related services as well as supplemental aids and services
  • measurable annual goals
  • how progress will be measured
  • modifications and accommodations that will promote progress toward goals
  • testing accommodations 
  • transition planning to prepare for life after high school graduation

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