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Understanding Your IEP
Transcript of Understanding Your IEP
It is a legal document that describes the
learning plan for a student with a learning
difference. Your I.E.P. talks about:
- your learning difference
- how your teachers can help you
- how you can help yourself
- what level you are working at
- what skills you need to learn
- what you will learn this year What's In Your I.E.P. The purpose of an I.E.P. is to let you,
your parents and teachers understand
exactly how they can help you learn. What's the Point? Your I.E.P. is written and reviewed
by many people including your:
- Special Education Teacher
- and, most importantly, YOU! Who Writes Your I.E.P? An I.E.P. is an Individual Education Plan that talks about what you are going to learn throughout the year.
Your I.E.P. also lists what extra help teachers can give you.
An I.E.P. is a legal document and teachers must always do what is listed.
If a teacher does not give you extra help, talk to your Special Education teacher or your parents. How Do I Change What's In My I.E.P? Your I.E.P. is written at the beginning
of each school year and is updated
every time you meet a goal.
You can ask your parents and teachers to change something in your I.E.P. at any time.
The only catch is, your parents always have the final say. Therefore, they need to agree with you in order for the change to be made. Page 1 of Your I.E.P. The first page of your I.E.P. includes information
about you, such as:
identification (how you learn)
placement (where you get help)
subjects that you need help in Page 2 of Your I.E.P: The "Sources Consulted" Page of your I.E.P.
lists the type of help you have had in the
past and what doctors have met with you.
On page 2 of your I.E.P., there is also a list
of what you are good at (Areas of Strength)
and what you need help in (Areas of Need). Page 3 of Your I.E.P:
The Most Important Page The "Accommodations" page of your I.E.P. lists all the help you can get from teachers.
"Instructional Accommodations" is a list of things that your teachers can do to help you learn. These things should be given to you each and every day as you need them.
"Environmental Accommodations" talks about what type of space you learn best in.
"Assessment Accommodations" is a list of things that teachers should do for you when writing a test or working on an assignment. All of the Other Pages of Your I.E.P All of the other pages of your I.E.P. are called "Program Pages". You have a page for each subject you need extra help in.
On the "Program Page" you will find a sentence describing your skills at the beginning of the year.
Below that, you will find an "Annual Program Goal" describing the skills you will learn by the end of the year.
"Learning Expectations" is a fancy way of say what exactly you will learn.
"Strategies, Resources, and Support" is how your teachers will teach you.
"Assessment Methods" is how your teachers will mark you. What If No One is Helping Me? Sometimes your teachers get busy and forget that you can have an I.E.P. and are allowed to have extra help.
If this happens please remind them by saying "In my I.E.P. it says that I can have ... [ex. extra time]. Will you please give me this accommodation?"
Remember, an accommodation just means extra help.
If you ask your teacher for an accommodation and they still do not give it to you, talk to your parents or your Special Education teacher and they will help advocate for you. "My I.E.P. says that I can have ...
Will you please give me this accommodation." Always remember, it is okay to
ask for extra help. Simply say: