Individualized Education Programs (IEP) Training In Development and Updated to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA) and Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Regulations:
The California Department of Education in collaboration with the California Comprehensive Center at WestEd, is developing Web-based interactive training modules on Standards-based IEPs to address closing the achievement gap and improving standards-based instruction for students with disabilities. The topics of the modules include: Access to the General Education Curriculum, Standards-based IEP, Grade-level, Standards-based goals, Service Delivery Models, and Curriculum and Instruction Strategies.
As more information becomes available with regard to IEPs, this page will be updated.
Closing the Achievement Gap for Students with IEP (Outside Source)
The core (common) messages represent essential components addressing access to the general education curriculum for students with IEP. These tenants or principles focus particularly on access to the grade-level California content standards. These core messages are supported by research, IDEA and ESEA.
IEP template forms (Outside Source) were developed by the state Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) to be in compliance with the IDEA, as amended in 2004. These forms are made available with the permission of the California SELPA organization.
Resources on IEPs for Children with Disabilities
Resources to improve instruction, assessment, and accountability for students with disabilities.
Standards-Based Instruction: Could it Happen in Special Education? (Outside Source)
In this archived WestED Web cast presentation, learn how special educators can implement standards-focused instruction and how appropriately written IEPs can support the attainment of grade-level standard skills. Includes information on how teachers can "unpack the standards" to drive instruction that will meet standards-based IEP goals.
Standards-Based Individualized Education Program Examples (PDF; Outside Source)
A seven-step process to be used in developing a standards-based IEP. Each step is followed by guiding questions for the IEP team to consider in making data-based decisions.
- A Seven-Step Process to Creating Standards-based IEPs (PDF; Outside Source)
This companion document provides the steps and guiding questions in a brief two-page document.
The final federal regulations implementing IDEA 2004 (PDF; Outside Source) were published on August 14, 2006 by the United States Department of Education and became effective on October 13, 2006.
- Final Part B Regulations of the IDEA ( PDF; Outside Source)
This official copy was published in the Federal Register on December 1, 2008. These regulations are needed to clarify and strengthen current IDEA regulations in 34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 300 as published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2006. The areas are parental consent for continued special education and related services; non-attorney representation in due process hearings; State monitoring, technical assistance, and enforcement; and allocation of funds. The regulations also incorporate a statutory requirement relating to positive efforts to employ and advance in employment individuals with disabilities that was inadvertently omitted from the 2006 regulations.
California Education Code (EC) (Outside Source) was aligned with the federal IDEA statute and dictates the needed IEP requirements. Legislation will be introduced that aligns EC to the final IDEA regulations.