What is an IEP?
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.