The Individualized Education Program (IEP) helps students with disabilities or special needs attain success in school.
Parents/guardians, classroom teachers, school staff, specialists, and the concerned student work together to develop a plan that details the student's needs and goals for the school year. This program is referred to as the IEP.
Think of the IEP as a GPS map. It identifies the child's learning stage, where they should be at the end of the school year (goals), and what they need to get there. IEPs are entirely free in public schools.
Does my child need an IEP?
Some of the conditions that necessitate an IEP include:
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
What does an IEP contain?
After an individual assessment has been completed, the IEP is developed and written. It contains:
Information on current performance levels
Progress measuring information
Support services (e.g., therapy) and the number of times they'll be provided
Date and place of the services
Specific short-term and yearly goals
Teaching methods and strategy
Mainstream classroom participation
Dates for evaluation and review
Your legal rights as a parent
As a parent, you have certain rights that enable you to have a say during the IEP process. For example, you can challenge an IEP if it is ineffective for your child.
You can disagree with the assessment outcome and even the IEP itself and seek redress through mediation and hearing. You can also choose to have your child educated in a private or public school.
Attorneys familiar with the IEP, such as Neubia L. Harris, can go over your rights with you and provide representation when you need it. You know your child's concerns and struggles and should play a key role in their learning process.