What is an IEP?

An IEP (Individualized Education Program) is the document that describes what a free appropriate education is for an individual child. The IEP outlines what the least restrictive environment is for an individual student and what additional aids and services the student may need to participate fully in the regular education environment.

The IEP must include statements explaining the degree to which the student will not participate with students without disabilities in the regular classroom and nonacademic and extracurricular activities. Similarly, the IEP must address how the student’s disability affects his/her involvement in the general curriculum.