Overview of an IEP
A written educational plan for a child with a disability that is developed,
reviewed, and revised in a meeting with parents, teachers, and other school
personnel in accordance with related IDEA regulations.
Latest version of TN IEP form is available from:
At the beginning of each school year, schools must have an IEP in effect for
each child with a disability within its jurisdiction.
An IEP must be in effect before special education and related services
are provided to an eligible child; being implemented as soon as possible following
The IEP Team
The IEP team must include:
- The parents of the child;
- At least one regular education teacher of the child;
- At least one special education teacher of the child;
- A representative of the school system who is:
- Qualified to provide, or supervise the provision of, special education
- Knowledgeable about the general curriculum; and
- Knowledgeable about resources of the school system;
- An individual who can interpret the instructional implications of evaluation
- At the discretion of the parent or the school system, others who have knowledge
or special expertise regarding the child, including related services personnel;
- If appropriate, the child.
Regular Classroom Teacher
and the IEP
IEPs are accessible to:
- each regular education teacher,
- special education teacher,
- related service provider,
- other service providers who are responsible for its implementation.
Each teacher and provider is told-
- specific individual responsibilities related to implementing the child's
- specific accommodations, modifications, and supports that must be provided
for the child.