In the U.S. public education system, there are education laws and legal documents in place to protect the education rights of students with disabilities. One of these education laws is the IEP, or Individualized Education Program.
What does the Individualized Education Program refer to?
This is a written plan that outlines the specific educational needs of a student with a disability. The IEP is typically developed by a team of educators and parents; according to education law, it must get reviewed and updated at least annually. Also known as an education plan, the IEP supports a student’s needs while at school and ensures that they can receive their full education experience without any barriers impeding them from reaching their goals.
What are the benefits of an IEP?
The IEP allows students with disabilities to access free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment possible. This means that if a child has needs related to special education or disability, they can still access their full education experience while at school.
Another benefit of an education plan is ensuring that a child’s individual needs and strengths are fully taken into consideration when determining the best educational experience for them. This means their education team will work with parents to make sure all special education services needed by the student, such as speech therapy, are available.
Lastly, the IEP can help to ensure that all education goals for the student are being met. By tracking and monitoring a child’s progress, educators can make necessary changes to their education plan as needed.
The purpose of an IEP is to ensure that a student with a disability has the same opportunity as any other child to receive a free and appropriate education. If you have questions about IEPs or your child’s education plan, be sure to speak with your school district.