Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
Understanding Individual Education Plans (IEP) in California
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a personalized plan designed to address the educational needs of a student with a disability. IEPs are typically developed for students in the United States who qualify for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Here are some key points about IEPs:
Purpose: The primary goal of an IEP is to ensure that students with disabilities receive an appropriate and inclusive education tailored to their unique needs. It outlines the specific services, accommodations, and goals required to support the student's learning.
Team Effort: Developing an IEP involves collaboration between educators, parents or guardians, and often specialists like speech therapists or occupational therapists. This team works together to assess the student's needs and create a plan.
Components: An IEP typically includes information about the student's current performance levels, measurable goals, the special education services they will receive, any related services (like speech therapy), and accommodations or modifications to the curriculum or classroom environment.
Annual Review: IEPs are reviewed at least annually to assess progress and make necessary adjustments. Changes can be made to the goals, services, or accommodations based on the student's development.
Legal Protection: IEPs are legally binding documents that provide legal protections to students with disabilities. They ensure that students receive a "free and appropriate public education" (FAPE) as mandated by IDEA.
Eligibility: To qualify for an IEP, a student must have a disability that falls under one of the categories defined by IDEA, and this disability must impact their educational performance.
Children with Disabilities
IEPs play a crucial role in supporting students with disabilities in their academic journey by tailoring educational plans to their specific needs and helping them access appropriate educational services and accommodations.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) recognizes several disabilities, including but not limited to:
Assessments Used to Determine Eligibility
There are a variety of assessments schools can use to determine what your child's needs are:
• Psycho-educational assessment by a school psychologist -
A variety of tests to determine education issues:
- Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC)
- Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Cognitive Abilities
- Cognitive Assessment System (CAS)
- Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement (KTEA)
Peabody Individual Achievement Test
Wechsler Individual Achievement Test
- Test of Auditory Processing (TAPS)
- Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP)
- Developmental Test of Visual Processing (TVPS)
- Test of Everyday Attention
- Connors Attention Scales
- Behavior Assessment System for Children (BASC)
Speech/Language Assessments by a Speech Pathologist
- Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals
- Comprehensive Assessment of Spoken Language
- Oral & Written Language Scales
Fine Motor/Sensory Processing Assessment by an Occupational Therapist
Vocational Skills by a School Psychologist
Educationally Related Mental Health Services by a Behavioral Specialist:
Based on the issues you are noticing with your child, you can request that the school conduct any one or all of the assessments listed above.
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