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Guaranteeing Special Education Rights: Individualized Education Plans

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How do you know if you have a good IEP ? (continued)

6. The IEP should define:

  • What should be taught, and how. The amount of time in special education services must be noted.
  • Who will teach it..
  • Where it will be taught.
  • When the program will begin, how long it will be provided, and when it will be reviewed.
  • How much time your child will spend with children who do not have disabilities.
  • Why the plan is needed, based on the assessment of the student's needs

7. The service plan should include, among other things:

  • A justification of the proposed plan in accordance with the "least restrictive environment" principle
  • A plan for meeting the transitional needs of the student, if age 14 or in 9th grade.
  • Special education and related services to be provided for your child.
  • Modifications and accommodations needed in regular education settings.
  • Behavior plan, with goals and objectives, should be part of the IEP if the child's behavior is identified as a concern by the team.

8. The school is required to seek parent consent for the IEP and give parents the opportunity to disapprove the plan.

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