What is an IEP?
IEP is an acronym for an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and is an educational plan that addresses the individual needs of a child. It takes into consideration the child’s strengths and weaknesses, parent concerns, assessment results and areas of academic and developmental needs in order to develop goals and objectives for the school year. The IEP is created through a team effort at an ARD meeting and reviewed at least once a year.
What is the IEP important?
The IEP outlines the school's plan for providing specially designed instruction and related services.
What is the parent's role in the IEP development?
The Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) establishes that parents are equal members of the ARD committee team. Good communication between parents and teachers are encouraged prior to the ARD committee meeting in developing draft IEP's. The ARD gives the parents a voice in determining their child's IEP. Parents are encouraged to actively participate in the ARD process by asking questions, sharing their concerns, and speaking on their child's behalf. It is important for parents and school staff to remember that this is a collaborative process.