Individual education plan-IEP
Q: What is an Individual Education Plan (IEP)?
If a student needs extra support in class, the teacher may develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for him or her, in consultation with the child’s parents. The IEP describes what the school will do to help the child be successful. A student does not have to be formally assessed in order to have an IEP.
The IEP should include:
- A list of the student’s strengths and needs;
- An outline of the special education services the student will receive, where and when the services will be provided and who will provide them;
- A description of how the student’s progress will be measured and reviewed;
- A set of goals for the student and teacher to work toward over the year; and
- A list of any special equipment to be provided.
An IEP must be completed within 30 school days after a child has been placed in a special education program, and the principal must ensure that parents receive a copy of the IEP.
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