Individualized Education Program (IEP)

What is an IEP?

In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1994, an IEP is a detailed description of the Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) and services a student with disabilities needs in order to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). An IEP is a contract between families and the Ephrata School District that describes the specific education services a child will receive. This plan is tailored to a child and his or her unique needs. 

An IEP Includes:

  • A statement of the student's current levels of educational and functional performance
  • Measurable annual goals
  • A statement of how a student’s progress will be measured and when periodic reports of progress will be provided
  • A statement describing the adverse educational impact the student’s disability has on their access to the general curriculum 
  • A description of the services a child will receive in both the general education and special education settings. (Least Restrictive Environment or LRE)
  • A description of related or supplementary aids and services the student will receive 
  • A description of program modifications and accommodations to be provided to the student
  • A description of how the student will participate in general education classes and activities, and if not, why
  • The location, duration, and frequency of services to be delivered
  • Dates on which services will begin and end
  • Beginning when the student turns 16, a description of appropriate, measurable postsecondary goals and transition services needed to assist the student in reaching those goals
  • A description of the statewide assessment to be administered to the student
  • For a complete description of IEP requirements, please reference WAC 392-172A-03090 
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