Developing an IEP
If a student meets eligibility criteria for any of the thirteen areas of disability (as defined by the state and federal regulations), and is in need of special education services in order to benefit from their educational program, s/he is then found eligible for special education. The team will not only identify the student’s eligibility for special education but will develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) plan that:
- Outlines the child’s present skill levels and areas of identified need
- Identifies educational goals to focus on during the year
- Lists the services and supports needed for the child to obtain the specified goals; and
- Determines the most appropriate educational placement to do so.
Once parental consent is received for the established IEP, the student begins to participate in the designated programs and/or services as soon as it is reasonable to do so.
Once the IEP is completed, it is reviewed annually. It may be reviewed more frequently at the request of parents or school staff. The student’s IEP is maintained as confidential information on campuses and at the Student Services office but may be accessible to all staff responsible for its implementation. This includes the general education teachers, special education teachers and (as appropriate) any related service providers. Teachers are informed regarding their specific responsibilities in implementing the child’s IEP (such as specific accommodations, modifications or supports necessary in the classroom environment. Each student is assigned a case manager who coordinates the services and needs of the student, family and teaching staff.