What is an IEP?

What is an IEP?

What Every General Education Teacher Should know about an IEP:

  • IEP stands for Individualized Education Plan
  • The IEP is a legally binding document that every member of the IEP team (including the classroom teacher) must follow
  • The IEP is one of the six major principles of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) https://sites.ed.gov/idea/
  • Students who have been evaluated and identified as a student with special needs have an IEP
  • The IEP is written and developed by a team including the student’s parent(s)
  • A general education teacher is required to attend the student’s IEP meeting and is considered part of the IEP team
  • The IEP must be reviewed at least every year. This yearly meeting is called the annual review meeting
  • Every 3 years students are re-evaluated to determine if they still quality for special education services
  • Any member of the IEP team can call an IEP meeting at any point of the school year and the IEP can be amended
  • IEPs include measurable goals and objectives for students to work on during the school year
  • The IEP will outline services and supports the school will provide to help students reach their goals and objectives
  • Students ages 3-21 years of age can qualify for an IEP and receive special education services
  • If you are a general education teacher and have questions about a student’s IEP, reach out to their “case manager” who is usually the special education teacher/resource teacher at the school. Sometimes if a student has a speech language disability the speech pathologist is the case manager.
  • The IEP and everything within the document is considered confidential and should not be shared with people outside of the student’s IEP team

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