• New Individualized Education Program

    With a commitment to enhancing special education practices and improving outcomes for students with disabilities, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) embarked on the development of a new Individualized Education Program (IEP). 

    Through collaboration with educators, families, and partners, DESE aimed to align with best practices in special education. After extensive research, feedback gathering, and pilot testing, DESE crafted the new IEP format to better serve the diverse needs of students across the state.

    Overview of the New IEP

    The new Individualized Education Program (IEP) in Massachusetts offers a standardized format designed to improve clarity, consistency, and collaboration in supporting students with disabilities. It includes updated sections for documenting goals, accommodations, and progress tracking, emphasizing family involvement and empowerment.

    The new IEP aims to streamline the process, enhance communication between educators and families, and promote student success by providing a clear roadmap for individualized support and services.

    Timeline and Implementation

    The timeline and implementation of the new Individualized Education Program (IEP) in Massachusetts involves a phased approach across school districts. Starting in Fall 2024, districts will begin transitioning to the new IEP format, with full implementation expected over the course of the school year. 

    During this transition period, educators and families will receive training and support to familiarize themselves with the new format and ensure a smooth transition.

    Community Meeting

    The Office of Specialized Services held an information session to introduce the New IEP format and its key features to families and community members. Below, you may find the slide deck presentation along with samples of the IEP format for your reference.

    Slide Deck: English | Español | عربى | Kabuverdianu | 中文 | Français | Kreyòl | Português | Afsoomaali | Tiếng Việt

    Blank IEP Sample: English (translated versions will be available soon)

    Meeting Recording


    Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is an IEP?

  • How do I respond to my student's IEP?

  • What is the purpose of the New IEP form?

  • What are the key changes in the New IEP form?

  • When will the New IEP form be implemented?

  • How will the New IEP process impact my student(s)?

  • Will there be opportunities for families to provide input on the New IEP?

  • What support will be available to families during the transition to the New IEP process?

  • How can I request accommodations or modifications for my student's IEP?

  • What role do families play in the IEP process?



Contact Us

  • Chief of Specialized Services
    Kay Seale
    2300 Washington Street
    Roxbury, MA 02119
    BPS Helpline 
    (617) 635-8873