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IEP  Information

(from: Guide to the Individualized Education Program devised by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Information for Children and Youth with Disabilities, NICHCY)


An IEP is an Individualized Education Program.  It is a legal document.  Each public school child who receives special education and related services must have an IEP.  This IEP  document will be designed only for that student and will address the student's unique needs.   The goal of an IEP is to create opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel, and students to work together to improve educational results for children with disabilities. 

Contents of an IEP:

    Child's  current performance (results based on classroom performance on tests and assignments)

   Annual goals (broken down into short-term objectives, must be   measurable)

   Special education & related services (special education and related services such as supplementary aides,  includes any modifications to the program)

    Participation with nondisabled children (the extent, if any, to which the child will not participate with nondisabled children in the regular class or other school activities)

    Participation in state & district-wide tests (specifies what modifications in the administration of these tests the child will need.  If test is not appropriate, IEP will explain why and how the child will be tested instead)

    Dates & places (will state when services will begin, how often they will be provided, where they'll be provided, and how long they'll last)

    Transition service needs (by the time child is 14, sometimes younger, will list the courses a student needs to take to reach his  post-school goals)

    Age of majority (in some states, at least one year before student reaches the age of majority, a statement will verify that student has been informed of rights that will transfer to him)

    Measuring progress (states how a child's progress will be measured and how parents will be kept informed)

The IEP is reviewed at least once a year, or more often if parents or school request a review.

At least every 3 years the child must be evaluated to find out if he continues to be a  "child with a disability".

Copies of this guide available from:

ED Pubs

Editorial Publications Center

U.S. Department of Education

P.O. Box 1398

Jessup, MD 20794-1398

phone# 877-4-ED-PUBS


The Successful IEP Meeting  by: Dawn Kurbat

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504 Plan Information

The 504 Plan is a Civil Rights Act which protects the rights of people having mental or physical disabilities. The person does not have to qualify for special education. 

 Does your child need special accommodations at school to help him succeed educationally?

Perhaps he cannot transport books back and forth due to a physical illness like arthritis- a second set of books for the home may be helpful. 

Does he need adaptive equipment such as a wheelchair?

Maybe he would benefit from a computer or other writing devices.  

Does he need a longer passing period between classes because he walks slower?

Does he need permission to stretch his joints frequently or sit in a chair instead of on the floor during assemblies?  

Does your child require certain seating arrangements due to visual/hearing impairment? 

Does he need special teaching methods because of learning disabilities or attention difficulties?

The 504 plan may include modified P.E. classes , modified homework assignments, modified testing procedures , tutoring, and more.  Contact your local school counselor or principal for help.



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     last updated  05/23/2013                                 Back Next