Individualized Education Program

In the United States, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA) specifies that students with disabilities are entitled to a free and appropriate public education. To meet this entitlement, students found eligible for special education services receive an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP provides a detailed description of the services the student requires to benefit from his or her education. This entry describes the members of the IEP team, the required elements of an IEP, and how an IEP may change across time.

Team Members

The IDEA requires specific members to be included in the development of the IEP, though other individuals may be included as deemed appropriate. The IEP team is required to include a school administrator who is knowledgeable of the ...

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