Iowa's Guidance for Quality Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
IOWA'S GUIDANCE FOR QUALITY INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PROCESS (IEP)
This area of the DE website provides information for Iowa’s special education practitioners. It is hoped that by using the information on this website, Iowa’s special education practitioners will be able to lead teams as they develop IEPs that will positively direct the education of all the students in Iowa with special education needs. Contents include both regulatory and best practice information about various topics surrounding the development of effective quality IEPs that are compliant with IDEA.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that requires states and school districts to ensure that children with disabilities receive a Free Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive Environment. The child’s educational services and placement must be based on the child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), which is developed by an IEP Team. The IEP Team includes school personnel and the parents of the child. The IEP is developed after the child is evaluated and his present levels of performance determined. Parents and students have procedural safeguards under this law to protect their rights.
Individualized Education Program Roadmap.Once it is determined that a student meets the criteria to receive special education and related services, an Individualized Education Program will be developed. An IEP is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet the student’s needs and is developed by a team. The IEP includes a detailed description of what will be done to give the student the extra help needed. The IEP will change based on the student’s needs—it is like a road map showing where the student is and where he or she is going.