Getting Started

IEP (Individualized Education Program) Online Tutorial
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.

IDEA Regulations

Latest version of TN IEP form is available from:

General Policies
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 meetings.

The IEP Team
The IEP team must include:

  1. The parents of the child;
  2. At least one regular education teacher of the child;
  3. At least one special education teacher of the child;
  4. A representative of the school system who is:
    1. Qualified to provide, or supervise the provision of, special education instruction;
    2. Knowledgeable about the general curriculum; and
    3. Knowledgeable about resources of the school system;
  5. An individual who can interpret the instructional implications of evaluation results;
  6. At the discretion of the parent or the school system, others who have knowledge or special expertise regarding the child, including related services personnel; and
  7. If appropriate, the child.

imageThe 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-

  1. specific individual responsibilities related to implementing the child's IEP; and
  2. specific accommodations, modifications, and supports that must be provided for the child.

Overview Quiz

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