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Understanding, Developing, and Writing Effective IEPs

Understanding, Developing, and Writing Effective IEPs
A Step-by-Step Guide for Educators

April 2007 | 176 pages | Corwin

"The authors tackle an often complex process in an understandable, sequential manner."
—Mary L. Jackson, Resource Teacher
Roosevelt Elementary, Kingsport, TN

Clear, helpful answers for educators involved in developing Individualized Education Programs.

Creating and evaluating Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students with disabilities is a major responsibility for teachers and school leaders, yet the process involves legal components not always understood by educators. In Understanding, Developing, and Writing Effective IEPs, legal and special education experts Roger Pierangelo and George Giuliani provide K–12 educators with a clear step-by-step plan for IEP development that helps guarantee a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restricted Environment (LRE) for students with disabilities.

Frequently Asked Questions and a glossary of easy-to-understand special education terminology enable every member of the IEP team to develop a meaningful, functional program that meets a student's unique needs. Aligned with the latest reauthorization of IDEA 2004, this practical resource also includes:

  • Descriptions of the IEP process
  • Sample materials from authentic IEPs
  • Checklists, forms, and reproducibles for planning an effective IEP meeting
  • Guidelines that encourage positive collaboration between educators and families

Ideal for teachers and administrators, this jargon-free text provides techniques, suggestions, and information for all aspects of the IEP process.

About the Authors
1. Foundational Issues in Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
Purpose of an IEP  
13 Principles of IEP Collaboration  
2. IEP Preparation
Preparation Before the IEP Meeting  
Setting Up the IEP Meeting  
Giving Notice of an IEP Meeting  
When an IEP Meeting Must Be Convened  
Helping Students Prepare  
Characteristics of an Effective IEP Team Meeting  
3. IEP Participants
IEP Team Members--Roles and Responsibilities  
Excusal of Team Members  
Questions and Answers About Other IEP Team-Related Topics  
4. IEP Team Meetings
The Team Process  
During the Meeting--Focused but Flexible  
Guidelines for Running the IEP Meeting  
5. Step-by-Step Development of the IEP
Step 1: Formulate a Statement of the Student's Present Level of Academic Achievement of Functional Performance  
Step 2: Determine the Four Need Areas  
Step 3: Consideration of Special Factors  
Step 4: Determination of Measurable Annual Goals (Including Academic and Functional Goals)  
Step 5: Reporting Progress Toward the Annual Goals to Parents  
Step 6: Determine the Extent to Which the Student Will Not Be Able to Participate in General Education Programs (LRE Explanation)  
Step 7: Determine Placement Options  
Step 8: Determine Related Services  
Step 9: Determine Program Modifications, Accommodations, Supplementary Aids, and Services  
Step 10: Determine the Need for Assistive Technology Devices and Services  
Step 11: Determine the Supports for School Personnel on Behalf of the Student  
Step 12: Determine the Ability of a Student to Participate in State and District Assessments  
Step 13: Determine Extended School Year (ESY) Services  
Step 14: A Statement of Secondary Transition Service Needs and Needed Transition Services for Students  
Step 15: Develop a Statement of Transfer of Parental Rights to the Student Upon Reaching the Age of Majority  
Annual Review and Revision of the IEP  
Recommendations Upon Declassification  
Appendix: Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004--Section on IEPs (Enrolled as Agreed to or Passed by Both House and Senate)
References and Suggested Readings

"The authors tackle an often complex process in an understandable, sequential manner."

Mary L. Jackson, Resource Teacher
Roosevelt Elementary, Kingsport, TN

I adopted this for my intro to special education course, however I use it as a resource for all many other courses. VERY clear, easy to read, and comprehensive guide to writing IEPs. Excellent book!

Ms Deb Faermark
College Of Education, National-Louis Univ-Chicago
October 28, 2016

It describes the IEP process clearly and succinctly.

Dr Adrainne Thomas
College of Education, University of Alaska - Southeast
August 18, 2013
Key features
  • Provides a 15-step plan for developing effective IEPs based on the latest reauthorization of IDEA 2004
  • Sample segments of an authentic IEP is utilized throughout the book to serve as exemplars for educators   
  • Checklists and forms are included for preparing for an IEP meeting
  • A Frequently Asked Questions feature about the IEP process provides clear helpful answers for teachers, administrators and family about a sometimes difficult or confusing process.
  • Written for educators and families to provide free and appropriate education (FAPE) interventions in the least restricted environment (LRE) for students with disabilities (co-author Giuliani is a lawyer as well as an educator).
  • A glossary of terms offer definitions of the most relevant IEP jargon that educators and families should understand.


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ISBN: 9781412917865