Individual Education Plans (IEP) are mandated by the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). An IEP is a contract between parents and the local Department of Education which says what services the Department commits to provide to your child to address his/her particular needs to ensure success in school. These services include occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, counseling, hearing, vision and academic accommodations and modifications.
The classroom teachers and service providers revise each student IEP annually. The IEP team reviews a child’s IEP every three years (a “triennial”) to evaluate a student’s progress in meeting educational goals. Parents can request a review of the IEP at any time if they feel a change is needed.
If a child is progressing, he/she can be “decertified” as a special education child. Nevertheless, the child may still have an IEP if he/she continues to need certain services.