IEP I Individualized Education Program I Individualized Education Plan

IEP I Individualized Education Program I Individualized Education Plan

By: Diana Adjadj, Esq.

July 14, 2023

IEP – Individualized Education Program I Individualized Education Plan

IEP: What does IEP mean?

An Individualized Education Program or Individualized Education Plan (IEP) describes a plan with specific modifications for a student with disabilities that can help a student achieve success in a classroom. An IEP is a legal document that is individualized and developed on behalf of a specific child with identified disabilities who is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution. An IEP is created on behalf of a qualified student to ensure that the student receives instruction and related services to meet their learning and safety needs.

What is the Purpose of an IEP?

The California Department of Education describes IEP as a three-fold plan which includes and evaluations: (1) a student’s current performance levels, (2) a student’s goals and (3) the educational placement and other services the student will receive.

IEP Eligibility Categories

To qualify for an IEP and other related services, a child with disabilities must meet two criteria: (1) the child must be identified as a child with a disability in one or more of the 13 categories provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and (2) the child’s disability must adversely affect his or her performance.

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System include the following Disability Codes:

    1. Intellectual Disability (ID)
    2. Hard of Hearing (HH)
    3. Deafness (DEAF)/Hearing Impairment (HI)
    4. Speech of language Impairment (SLI)
    5. Visual Impairment (VI)
    6. Emotional Disturbance (ED)
    7. Orthopedic Impairment (OI)
    8. Established Medical Disability (EMD)
    9. Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
    10. Deaf-blindness (DB)
    11. Multiple Disabilities (MD)
    12. Autism (AUT)
    13. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

IEP Students are Afforded Heightened Supervision

Supervision for General Student Body: All school students must be provided general supervision. Considerations include number of students, their ages, the activities they are engaged in, the number of supervising adults and other factors. Further, when there is an inherently dangerous activity, careful specific instruction and supervision would be required.

Supervision for Special Needs and Students with IEP Plans: For students with special needs, they require more individualized focus. A child or student with special needs or an IEP plan will need a specific supervision dependent on the child’s behavior, limitations, physical disability, communication limitations and other factors. Evaluating individual students and assessing their needs is imperative when determining the necessary of supervision.

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