The Individual Education Plan (IEP)
Individual Education Plan (IEP), is also known as Special Education Plan (SEP), Individualized Program Plan (IPP), Student Support Plan SSP, Individual Support Services Plan (ISSP) depending on the province or territory
The Human Rights commission recognizes an IEP (term used in Ontario, other province names vary) as a legal working document. Accommodations and modifications listed in the IEP are legal rights of the child. The IEP must consider recommendations made by the committee who identifies the child.
- The IEP should include: educational expectations, programs and services to be provided, who is responsible for the delivery, methods for reviewing progress, the student’s strengths and needs, interventions, accommodations and modifications.
- It is important that the parent makes sure that the IEP reflects their child’s strengths and needs accurately and contains the programming strategies that that student requires to be successful.
- It should include strategies to help the child cope as well as strategies that compensate for the child’s areas of need.
- Parents have a right to input into the IEP.
The IEP is a flexible, working document, which should be adjusted and improved with each reporting period.