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5 Reminders About Writing Appropriate IEPs

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a legal document that outlines the specific educational and related services that a student with a disability will receive. It is designed to meet the student's unique needs and help them make progress in school, plus prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.

Here are just a few simple strategies for writing a better IEP:

  1. Involve the student and their parents or guardians: The IEP should reflect the student's goals, preferences, and strengths, as well as the input and concerns of their parents or guardians. Make sure to include them in the planning process.
  2. Set specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals: The goals in the IEP should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. This will help ensure that the goals are clear, achievable, and focused on the student's needs.
  3. Include a range of supports and accommodations: The IEP should include a range of supports and accommodations that will help the student access the curriculum and participate in school activities. These may include things like extra time on tests, modified assignments, or assistive technology.
  4. Use data to inform decision-making: It is important to track the student's progress and use data to inform decision-making. This can help ensure that the IEP is effective and that the student is making progress toward their goals.
  5. Review and revise the IEP regularly: The IEP should be reviewed and revised regularly to ensure that it is meeting the student's needs and helping them make progress. Make sure to involve the student, their parents or guardians, and other relevant school staff in the review process.

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