What’s the IEP’s purpose?
The IEP has two general purposes:
to set reasonable learning goals for a child, and
to state the services that the school district will provide for the child.
When is the IEP developed?
An IEP meeting must be held within 30 calendar days after it is determined, through a full and individual evaluation, that a child has one of the disabilities listed in IDEA and needs special education and related services. A child’s IEP must also be reviewed at least annually thereafter to determine whether the annual goals are being achieved and must be revised as appropriate.
Who Develops the IEP?
The IEP is developed by a team of school personnel and the child’s parents. This team meets at least once a year and more often, if necessary.
Team members work together to craft an education that will address the child’s individual needs and enable the child to participate in general education and school activities, learning alongside his or her nondisabled peers to the maximum extent appropriate. The IEP team then puts its crafted plan down in writing–resulting in the IEP that will guide the delivery of the child’s special education and related services.
If you’d like to read more in depth about the IEP team, please visit our pages on the subject, beginning at:
TRANSITION INFORMATION LINKS
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Bradley Hospital Resources for Parents
International Dyslexia Association
Learning Disabilities Association of America
National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH)
Rhode Island Department of Education
Rhode Island Disability Law Center (RIDLC)
Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS)
Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN)
RI Office for Children with Special Needs (Information)
RI Office for Children with Special Needs (Services)
Sensory Processing Disorder in School
Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College
Transition Vocabulary For Parents