Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

An Individualized Education Programs (IEP) is a legal document that tailors an education program to an individual with a disability.  The process begins when a student is referred to special services by a teacher, parent, or other education staff member for an evaluation. If the student qualifies for special education services an Individualized Education Program is created.  It is a legal document generated by a team of people that usually includes special education teachers , regular education teachers,  school psychologists, parents, and other relevant professionals.  Once generated, it is the responsibility of the teacher to implement the strategies outlined in the document. Common modifications for a student with an IEP include seating close to the teacher and additional time to complete tests. A school often has a Child Study Team.  Members of the Child Study Team are a valuable resource and can help identify and explain a student’s Individual Education Program document. 

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