All students receiving services in a special education setting are required by state and federal law to have an IEP (Individualized Education Program). An IEP is a written agreement between the parents and the school about what each child needs and what is to be done to address those needs. In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, formerly PL 94-142), IEP's must be developed by the educational team for the exceptional child and must include the following:
-the student's present levels of academic performance
-annual goals for the student
-short-term instructional objectives related to the annual goals
-the special education and related services that will be provided and the extent to which the child will participate in regular education programs
-plans for starting the services and the anticipated duration of services
-appropriate plans for evaluating, at least annually, whether the goals and objectives are being achieved.
IEP's are reviewed once per year, however, meetings may be held to review progress and amend IEP's if needed, upon parent/guardian request, or as determined necessary by your child's teacher(s).