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What is an IEP?

Updated: Nov 16, 2023

  • Individualized Education Program is referred to as #IEP.

  • An #IEP outlines the special education instruction, supports, and services a child will require in order to succeed in school.

  • IEPs are part of the private, public, and charter school #education.

You may hear the term IEP when children struggle in school. An IEP is what? IEP, or Individualized Education Plan, is an acronym. It may also be referred to as an Individualized Education Program by some.


What is the purpose of an #IEP?


A written legal document (or "plan") is only one aspect of an IEP. It is a roadmap outlining the special education instruction, services, and supports that an individual #child will require to advance and succeed in school.


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which governs special education, applies to IEPs. They are designed for eligible children enrolled in public schools, including charter schools.


Having an IEP has several advantages. An evaluation that identifies a #student's strengths and challenges kicks off the procedure. In order to develop a program of services and supports that is suited to the requirements of the student, families and schools use the findings.


Students, families, and schools all have legal protections when they have an IEP. It enables families to participate in choices that have an impact on their children's education. It also grants students rights with regard to disciplinary measures at schools.


Let's take it a step further...


A component of public education is IEPs. They are distributed to eligible children in public schools, starting at age 3. That also applies to charter schools.


For a student to be qualified for an IEP, they must:


  • Possess one or more of the 13 IDEA-covered disorders, including learning difficulties like dyslexia, and also...

  • Need for services for academic success


Infants and toddlers can receive services through early intervention even before they start school. Once children turn 3, they can acquire an IEP through their local public school district.


There are no IEPs in college. However, college disability services frequently still provide adjustments to qualified students.  When children enter college a 504 plan can be obtained. 


IEP Myths:


There are numerous misconceptions regarding IEPs and special education. And these false beliefs occasionally discourage people from requesting IEPs for children who require assistance.


One common misconception is that students with IEPs must be in a separate classroom. However, the majority of children who get special education services through an IEP attend the same class as children who do not. According to the law, it must be that way.


What's the difference between an IEP and a 504 Plan?


Instead of an IEP, some students receive support at school through a 504 plan. Both are capable of offering assistance like modifications and assistive technologies. A 504 plan, however, is not included in special education. It accomplishes a different goal than an IEP.


Contact us for all of your child's special education needs.


Written by: Ashley C. Elliston



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