Individualized Education Program (IEP)
An IEP specifies in writing the commitment of the school district to provide the services needed to assist your child in working toward his/her goals (but does not guarantee that your child will make the growth anticipated or described in the IEP).
Your child should have only one IEP in effect at any one time. Your child’s IEP should include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
- A statement of your child’s present levels of performance, both strengths and weaknesses
- A statement of annual goals, including benchmarks or short-term instructional objectives
- A statement of the specific education and related services to be provided to your child
- An explanation of the extent, if any, your child will not be able to participate in the general educational environment
- The projected date services will begin and how long they will be expected to continue
- Appropriate, objective criteria and evaluation procedures and schedules for determining, on at least an annual basis, whether the short-term, instructional objectives are being achieved.
Vocational Education goals may be included in an IEP. These may include pre-vocational education, career awareness and development, work/training programs, and travel training. Preparing students with special needs for employment is the long-term goal of vocational education.
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