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Posted July 29, 2013 at 10:22 PM via web

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What are some of the primary (highlights) discussions that should be discussed in a IEP meeting?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 30, 2013 at 12:11 AM (Answer #1)

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An IEP is an Individualized Education Plan. This document insures that the needs of the student are being met by the school and the teachers. Schools must insure, given they are required by law, that they follow the IEP of each and every student in the special education program.

There are around seven (7) primary sections to the IEP which must be discussed when creating, reviewing, and/or changing a student's IEP.

Current Performance-- This section explains how the student is currently doing in school.

Annual Goals--This section lays out what goals the student should meet by the end of the school year. These can include both behavioral and educational goals.

Services--In some cases, a student with disabilities may require a personal aide or special accommodations in the classroom (for example: specialized desk, computer, listening devices).

Inclusion--In some cases, students with special needs may have classes which are taken with general education students. In some cases, students with disabilities may not be able to attend certain school functions. Any restrictions must be laid out in this section.

Testing (state and district)--Modifications to testing must be defined in this section. In some cases, the student may qualify for special circumstances under his or her IEP. In other cases, the student may not be able to comply with the testing rules and another test must be administered.

Date and Location--All dates of service must be listed on the IEP. Any reviews, beginning of year, or end of year examinations of the IEP must be written out.

Transition Services-- All students must have a transition meeting to discuss plans after graduation.

On a side note, any student with an IEP must have a parent present if he or she is under the age of 18.

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