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.