Once a child has an IEP, will he/she always have one?

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No, a child can transition out of services at any point. Some children will maintain IEPs throughout their education. Others will make progress such that their disability no longer impacts their academic functioning and they will therefore no longer need services under an IEP. Removal of services is always discussed with parents and staff members typically complete an assessment (with parental consent) to show levels of functioning before discontinuing support.