Individualized Education Program

What it is, who can get it, and what does it include?

What is an IEP?

A federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act(IDEA) requires that public schools create an Individualized Education Program(IEP) for every child receiving special education services. The IEP is meant to address each child’s unique learning issues and include specific educational goals. The IEP is a legally binding document. The school must provide everything it promises in the IEP.

Who qualifies for an IEP?

Two things must happen before your child can get special education services. There must be an evaluation, followed by a decision. The school psychologist and other professionals may give your child various tests. They also may observe your child in the classroom. The IEP team, which includes parents and school officials, decides whether or not your child needs special education services in order to learn the general education curriculum. The school and parents review the evaluation and determine whether the results show that your child needs services and supports. If the IEP team agrees that your child needs services, then the next step is to create an IEP. If your child is found ineligible, you can still try to get other services for your child.

What does an IEP include?

By law, an IEP must include:

  • Your child’s annual educational goals
  • Special education supports and services that the school will provide to help your child reach goals
  • Modifications and accommodations the school will provide to help your child make progress
  • Accommodations your child will be allowed when taking standardized tests
  • How and when the school will measure your child’s progress toward annual goals
  • Transition planning that prepares teens for life after high school

About the teacher:

I am Anna Morrill, and I am the new special education teacher for your school. I grew up in Creighton, NE where I attended St. Ludger's Catholic school until 6th grade, and graduated from Creighton Community Public School in 2018. Then I attended Doane College in Crete, NE where I graduated with a bachelor's degree in special education in 2022. This is my first teaching position and I am very excited to be teaching your students. As parents I know it is important for you to know about your children's education, and I created this to let you know a little more about how IEPs work. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at anmorril@studentmail.esu1.org or call me at 402-369-4349. Thanks!