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 you as a classroom teacher must follow
- 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
- The IEP must be reviewed at least every year at what 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
- An IEP is one of the provisions of the law called Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and is one of the safeguards to ensure student with special needs receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
- 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 outside of the educators and service providers for the student