Educational Placement

  • After the evaluation team has determined that the student is eligible for special education, an IEP team develops an educational program, based on the evaluation, which identifies the type of services, the level of intervention, and the location of intervention. The IEP team must include:

    • A school district representative (LEA)
    • The general education teacher
    • The special education teacher
    • The child’s parents and the student when 16 years of age or older

    An IEP describes a student's current educational levels, goals, and objectives, and the individualized programs and services necessary to provide the student with FAPE. These services may include:

    • Learning support class
    • Life skills support class
    • Emotional support class
    • Sensory support
    • Deaf or hard-of-hearing class
    • Blind or vision loss class
    • Speech and language support class
    • Physical support class
    • Autistic support class
    • Multiple disabilities support class

    A student's special education placement must be made in the least restrictive environment in which the student's educational needs can be addressed. All students with disabilities must be educated to the maximum extent appropriate with their non-disabled peers. A student's IEP is reviewed on at least an annual basis.