Individualized Education Plan
An individualized education program (IEP) is a written statement about a pupil that includes: the student's current educational performance; measurable annual goals with short-term objectives; the special education, related services, and supplementary aids and services that the student receives; if needed, an explanation as to why the student will not participate with other students in class; individual modifications in the administration of state or district-wide assessments of student achievement or a statement as to why the student will not participate in the state or district-wide assessments and how the student will be assessed; the projected date for starting services or making modifications to services and the frequency, location, and duration of the services or modifications; transition service needs, if the student is 14 or older; and the status of the student in achieving his/her annual goals including how the student's parents will be informed. The IEP is developed by the IEP team which includes: the student's parents; one teacher of the student that is not in special education; one special education teacher; an administrative designee; a person that can interpret the instructional implications and evaluation results; other individuals who have expertise about the student and are included at the request of the parents or district; and sometimes the pupil. If the student is deaf or hard of hearing, the IEP team should consider the student's communication needs and if the student needs assistive technology devices or services. The IEP should be reviewed at least once a year. The review should consider if there is a lack of progress or additional needs. MN Rule 3525.2810
Individualized Education Plan- Additional Information
An IEP can include procedures for dealing with misbehavior. The district can use punishments that are already used in its schools, but there are some punishments that have to be included in the IEP before they are used. Some types of punishment can never be used. One example of a prohibited punishment is denying or restricting a student's access to his/her hearing aids or communication boards. MN Rule 3525.2810
Individualized Education Plans with Medical Assistance Services
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Medical assistance will pay for services that are in a student's individualized education plan. Theses services include: occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language therapy, clinical psychological services, nursing services, school psychological services, school social work services, personal care assistants serving as management aides, assistive technology devices, transportation services, health assessments, and other services covered under the medical assistance state plan. School districts that are enrolled as a medical assistance provider can cover some of these services. The school district is responsible for paying the portion of the care that is not covered by federal money. Services from a speech-language pathologist are covered if the pathologist holds a masters degree in the field, is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Teaching as an educational speech-language pathologist, and has either earned or is in the process of earning a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association. MN Statute 256B.0625 Subd. 26
By grade nine or age 14, whichever comes first, a student's individualized education plan (IEP) must address the student's transition from secondary education to post-secondary education, employment and training, or community living. The school district must conduct an evaluation of the student's needs and plan services to meet those needs. MN Rule 3525.2900