Educational Plans and Testing Accommodations

Children with disabilities are often eligible for support and related services in the school setting.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that a student with a disability who is also in need of specialized instruction receives a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). What is appropriate and how a student is to receive an appropriate education is identified through a student’s individualized education plan (IEP). The right to have an IEP is arguably the most important right under the IDEA

Districts are required to review a student’s IEP annually. While the plan can and should be reviewed more often, the law only requires that districts review the plan once a year and invite the parents to this meeting.  For most families, this is the only time they get to speak to the IEP team.  For some families, it is the only time they are hearing from the teachers and service providers regarding how their child is doing in school.

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