The acronym IEP refers to an Individualized Education Program. Any public school student who receives special education services is required under federal laws to have an IEP in place. The IEP assess a student's abilities, sets educational goals and provides classroom accommodations to meet a unique learner's needs.
An IEP allows parents, teachers and specialists to work together to provide the best education possible for a child who struggles with classroom learning due to a disability. After a child is identified as possibly needing special educational assistance, an evaluation is scheduled. If the student is found to be eligible, an IEP is written and services are offered based on the results of the evaluation. The IEP is reviewed once per year, and a student is re-evaluated once every three years to ensure that the appropriate services continue to be provided.