What is an IEP?
An IEP is an Individualized Education Program specially designed to meet your child’s Special Education needs. It will include present levels of educational performance, annual goals and objectives, and indicate what services and/or special programs are needed to achieve the goals. An IEP is reviewed at least annually and can be changed or modified at the request of any member of the IEP Team throughout the year.
After the testing and data gathering have been completed, the assessment process culminates in the IEP team meeting. All of the team members meet to present evaluation findings and to make recommendations regarding special education services. The child’s strengths and weaknesses are identified and educational goals are established. If it is determined that services are needed, the appropriate educational placement and services are specified.
Participating in the development of your child’s IEP should be viewed as the first step of your involvement in your child’s education program. To keep in touch with your child’s educational progress, you should maintain regular contact with your child’s teacher and other professionals involved in his or her program.