An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is the legal document created by the IEP team that outlines the learning disabled child’s IEP goals and objectives. It is also known as an Individualized Education Plan.
The IEP Team for each child is made up of the parents or legal guardians of the child, the general education teacher(s), special education/resource teacher(s), any specialized teachers such as a physical or occupational therapist or both, school administrator such as the principal or vice-principal and any other specialists needed to provide services or invited by the parents or other team members.
The IEP document must be updated at least every 12 months but it can also be updated at any time throughout the 12 month period.
The IEP team meeting can be called by any member of the team at any time.
The IEP includes the child’s present level of educational performance and the IEP goals and objectives as well as methods for assessing the IEP goals and objectives.
In addition, the IEP includes any necessary accommodations or modifications, or related services or support needed by the child.