What is an Individualized Education Plan?

An Individualized Education Plan (or Program) is also known as an IEP. This is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child with an identified disability who is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives specialized instruction and related services. The IEP is developed by a team of individuals from various educational disciplines, the child with a disability, family members, and/or designated advocates.

An IEP typically includes the following:

  • The involvement and progress of the child with a disability in the general curriculum.
  • All related services for which the child qualifies.
  • Appropriate educational accommodations necessary for the child to be successful.
  • The child's present levels of educational performance.
  • Measurable annual goals and objectives for the child's education.

For information on federal regulations that govern IEPs, consult IDEA 2004 Statute and Regulations , published by Wrightslaw.

Date Updated: 

1/24/2013