Individual Education Plan (IEP)



Individual Education Plan (IEP)

What is an IEP?
If your child qualifies for Special Education Services, you and a team of school staff will help to write an Individualized Education Plan or IEP for your child. Your child may also participate in writing the plan.

The IEP explains and describes:

  • Your child’s current education performance
  • Your child's level of performance
  • Services to be received
  • Amount of time receiving services
  • Goals and objectives for the upcoming year 


 
Preparing for the IEP Meeting 

  • Talk to your child about school
  • Visit your child’s classroom
  • List your child’s strengths, weaknesses, and/or areas of concern  
  • Bring any medical or developmental history data
  • List questions for the school staff
  • Know your rights


 
During the IEP Meeting 

  • Ask questions
  • Clarify the educational program proposed
  • Work with the team to explore options
  • Ask for another meeting if you need more clarification
  • Request a copy of the IEP document 


 
After the IEP Meeting

  • Keep a copy of the IEP and monitor your child’s progress
  • Learn about special education and your child’s disability
  • Express your concerns in writing if you need clarification or help 

                                  IEP Review

Each year, the process of writing and reviewing the Individualized Education Plan(IEP) is repeated.  Progress made on the last IEP will be reviewed, and new goals and objectives will be set for the coming year. 

Parents receive meeting notices before an IEP is going to take place and a prior written notice after the meeting to record any new changes that the IEP team has suggested.  Parental input is always welcome and encouraged in implementing a child’s IEP.