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What is an IEP?

On Behalf of | Jan 1, 2024 | Special Education Law |

Many California students have special needs that impede their ability to achieve their full potential in an academic setting. The state has education laws in place that allow parents or guardians of students with special needs to request an IEP. These letters stand for “individualized education program.” An IEP is a formal education plan written for a specific student.

An IEP includes details about services and support resources that will be made in school to help a student with special needs. The goal is to assist these students in ways that will help them progress and thrive in a setting that presents challenges for them because of a mental or physical health condition or learning disability. To qualify for an IEP, an assessment must take place, meaning an evaluation of the student’s abilities.

IEPs are covered under special education law

An IEP is covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It is offered through the public school system. However, there are conditions by which charter school students and others may also obtain an IEP. A student with an IEP can learn in a mainstream classroom with assistive technology and support provided as needed.

An IEP is separate from a 504 plan, which is another program offered through public schools to assist students with disabilities. There is a specific list of disabilities approved for eligibility for an IEP. The 504 plan, on the other hand, is available on a broader scale and addresses any disability that impedes a student’s ability to thrive in school. A parent may wish to meet with a special education law attorney before requesting an IEP, and that attorney is also a great asset if legal problems arise after an IEP is issued.