An individualized education plan (IEP) is important for a child with special needs to be able to thrive in their education setting. For that reason, parents of a child with special needs should be familiar with what is included in an IEP.
What is included in an IEP?
There are several components of an IEP including:
- Information about the child including their unique strengths and needs.
- The child’s present level of performance including the results of an evaluation that evaluates academic achievement, social development, physical development and management needs.
- Measurable annual goals for the child academically, socially, behaviorally and physically that can reasonably be met in the school year.
- A description of when the parent will receive an update on their child’s progress.
- Recommendations for the special education programs and services the child will receive.
- The extent to which the child will participate in educational classes and other school activities with students who are not disabled.
- The child’s progress towards a diploma or alternate credential.
- Transition services for the child once they reach the age of 15 to prepare them for an independent living transition.
There are additional components of an IEP that may also be included. It is important for parents to be familiar with what should be included in an IEP so that when they have concerns, they know what to look for and how education law may be able to help with their concerns. An IEP should provide the instruction, supports and services the child needs and is important for every parent of a child with special needs to be familiar with.