An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a legal document provided to children who receive special education services. The IEP specifies the learning needs of the child, along with the services to be provided by the school and the method that will be used to measure the child’s progress.
When parents make the choice to send their child to schools for learning disabilities like John Cardinal O’Connor School instead of the public school in their district, then they receive an Individualized Education Services Plan (IESP) from the local school district where the school is located specifying their right to receive special education services.
The IEP/IESP is created through a collaborative effort of parents and teachers, along with other professionals, to develop a program that will help the child be more successful with academics. Parents are encouraged to learn as much about the process as possible so they can more effectively contribute to the creation of the IEPIESP and understand how to use the details of the document to monitor their child’s progress.+
Requirements of the IEP/IESP
The IEP and IESP are legal documents which are required to contain several components. These include the child’s present level of performance (PLOP), their goals for the year, special education services and support provided by the school, and how the child’s progress toward those goals will be measured.
Monitoring your child’s progress according to these details will ensure that the correct approach is being taken toward helping your child accomplish their goals. Despite the best efforts of public schools, children with learning disabilities often fall through the cracks. John Cardinal O’Connor School offers children with learning disabilities in Westchester and beyond the opportunity to learn with teachers who were trained in multisensory teaching techniques, and have an in-depth understanding of the obstacles children who learn differently face in the classroom.
It is required by law is for your child’s progress to be measured and reported to you. The method the Committee on Special Education (CSE) will use to share these results will also be outlined in the IEP/IESP. Keeping track of your child’s progress will allow the educational team to recognize when the child is no longer making progress, and they may request a meeting with you to discuss potential steps to take to get the child started in the right direction again.
The Value of Time
Nothing is more disheartening to a parent than learning at the end of the school year that their child has not met their expectations in their education. Since children with special needs are expected to participate in standardized testing at the end of the school year, relying on test results can steal time that could be used in a positive way. Monitoring an IEP or IESP not only keeps educators informed of the child’s progress, but also ensures you will be notified when there is the need for a new approach to your child’s education.
The educators at John Cardinal O’Connor School are trained and experienced in a broad range of learning disabilities. They understand the special needs of children, and the similarities and differences from one child to the next. Our teaching methods will help your child in making the progress that will secure their academic future.