Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Description of an IEP

An individualized education program (IEP) is a written document that details the individualized special education (specially designed instruction to meet a student's unique needs) and related services (those services required to assist a student to benefit from special education) that a public school will provide to a student with a disability. Since the federal special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), was first passed in 1975 as Pub. L. No. 94–142, the Education of All Handicapped Children Act, IEPs have been required for all students who are eligible to receive special education and related services under IDEA. Although IDEA has been amended a number of times since 1975, the requirement that all students with disabilities who ...

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