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What You Need to Know About IEPs

By Amy Nelson, Elementary Support Services Teacher at PACT Charter School


After a student is evaluated and found eligible for special education services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is written to “ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique learning needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.” IDEA 601(d)(1)

Here is some quick information about IEPs:

IEP Team Meetings:

  • An IEP team meeting must take place annually. 
  • The IEP team consists of a parent (or a student over the age of 18), a special education teacher, a regular education teacher, and a district representative.
    • Other team members may include the following: the student (at age 14), representatives from other agencies, and/or other school staff working with the student (school social worker, speech/language pathologist, occupational therapist, DAPE teacher).
  • At PACT Charter School, IEP meetings are usually scheduled on Wednesdays and last approximately 1 hour.
  • The purpose of an IEP meeting is to discuss the student’s progress and revise the IEP to meet the student’s current learning needs.

The Individualized Education Program (IEP):

  • An IEP is written based on information from various sources such as the student’s evaluation results; input from parents, teachers, and related service providers; progress in the general education classroom; and progress toward current IEP goals.  
  • Parts of the IEP include, but are not limited to:
    • The student’s Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance.
    • Annual Goals and objectives
    • Special education and related services (when they will begin, where they will be provided, how often they will be provided, how long they will last)
    • How much time the student will be spending away from their non-disabled peers.
    • How the student will participate in state and district-wide assessments.
    • How the student’s progress toward meeting their goals will be measured.
    • Any accommodations or modifications the student needs to be successful in the regular education setting.
    • Transition planning (for students in grade 9 and older)
  • The IEP will be updated annually after the IEP team meeting is held.
  • After an IEP is written, the parent will be provided with a prior written notice which will outline the changes that were made to the IEP.
  • Staff members (any teachers and paraprofessionals) working with the student will be provided with a list of modifications, supports, and adaptations required by the student.

 

For further information, check out these resources:

PACER “A Guide to the Individualized Education Program for Minnesota Parents”: 
www.pacer.org/parent/php/PHP-a12.pdf

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act): 
sites.ed.gov/idea/

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