What is an IEP?

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An Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary school receives specialized instruction and related services. An IEP is a legal document that is reviewed at least annually by the IEP team. An IEP includes the following sections:

  • Present levels of a child’s performance
  • Goals and objectives (typically 1-2 goals for each area of service)
  • Educational accommodations
  • Assessment decisions and accommodations
  • Behavior intervention plan (if applicable)
  • Educational services and placement for each school year (including minutes of service provided by related service providers such as speech and social work)
  • Additional notes (includes key minutes from the IEP meeting)
  • Conference recommendations (summary of decisions made at the meeting)

Please note, an IEP may include additional pages as relevant to a child, or if a child is undergoing an evaluation.

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