Both IEP and a 504 plans are designed to promote student learning. A 504 plan is not part of Special Education. It is for students that require accommodations but not necessarily specialized education. For example, a student may need more time for a test for anxiety rather than comprehension. The term 504 plan is derived from Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a broad civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in any agency, school, or institution receiving federal funds.

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