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Training on Writing IEP Based on State Standards

Self-paced training materials, updated to the implementing regulations of IDEA, provides information on how to write IEPs with goals tied to standards, that are student focused, and measurable.
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 External link opens in new window or tab.
The core (common) messages represent essential components addressing access to the general education curriculum for students with IEP. These tenets or principles focus particularly on access to the grade-level California content standards. These core messages are supported by research, IDEA and ESEA.


IEP forms External link opens in new window or tab. were developed by the state Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) to be in compliance with the IDEA, as amended in 2004. These are examples of IEP forms.

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? External link opens in new window or tab.
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 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
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.

The final federal regulations implementing IDEA 2004 External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) were published on August 14, 2006 by the United States Department of Education and became effective on October 13, 2006.

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