Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is a plan for specialized instruction, supports, and services written to meet the individual needs of a student with a disability. It identifies students' needs, sets goals and lists services in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) to ensure high quality instruction and post-secondary success.
Families, school personnel, or an external partner may request a referral for an educational evaluation to determine if your student has a disability. This request may be verbal, or written. It is important to include your areas of concern when requesting a referral. You may contact the Coordinator of Special Education (COSE) to discuss your concerns. The COSE will provide you with an Evaluation Consent Form in order for the evaluation to take place. Once the signature is received, the evaluation process begins.
The purpose of the evaluation is to determine the following:
Does the student have a disability that requires specialized instruction and/or related services?
What are the student’s educational needs?
If eligible, what specialized services and/or related services would address the students' individual needs?
After receiving the signed consent, the Coordinator of Special Education (COSE) will make outreach to schedule the initial meeting. The meeting will be held to discuss the evaluation results with the IEP team and determine eligibility.
If eligible, the team will determine what specialized instruction and/or related services will meet the students' needs in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and an IEP will be proposed. If the student is found ineligible, the team may discuss whether a 504 plan may be appropriate or determine that your student is ineligible for an IEP or 504 plan. (Please note: If you disagree with the findings, you may request an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)). Once the IEP is proposed, including an appropriate proposed program placement, be sure to review, sign, and return it to the Coordinator of Special Education (COSE) at your students’ school.
The IEP team meets annually to discuss the students' progress towards their goals and objectives. The student will be reevaluated every three years to determine the student's disability and learning needs.
You may follow the guidelines below, which offer you opportunities to actively engage in the development and implementation of your student’s IEP.