The IEP is the basis for educational programming, provision of accommodations or modifications, and the delivery of related services to a student with an identified exceptionality. The IEP describes in detail the nature of a student’s exceptionality. For students with disabilities, the IEP addresses how the disability interferes with academic and social skill acquisition. . For Gifted/Talented students, the IEP addresses the particular area(s) to be served.
When members of the IEP team work collaboratively to provide appropriate instruction with necessary supports and services, a student will have greater opportunities for access to the curriculum and improved academic performance.
“Louisiana’s IEP Handbook for Students with Exceptionalities outlines the legal procedures of the IEP process as mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Revised Statute 17:1941, et seq., and their regulations. “ (Bulletin 1530, p.1) The link to the Bulletin 1530 is http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/osr/lac/28v97/28v97.doc. The bulletin addresses the provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), composition of the IEP team, timelines, development of the IEP, assessment participation, and extended school year (ESY) services.
Louisiana’s General Education Curriculum is based on foundation skills and content standards which are further broken down into benchmarks and grade level expectations (GLEs). The goals and objectives of the IEP must address the acquisition of these skills and standards. To that end, the Louisiana Department of Education has created a series of professional development materials for educators and families on writing standards-based IEPs.
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