The IEP is a legal document that outlines the accommodations and modifications your child will receive in the classroom. The law does not require all students with learning problems to have an IEP, but if you feel that your child’s academic struggles are getting in the way of their success, it’s worth considering speaking to your child’s teacher or school administrator about getting an IEP set up.
The first step is to request an evaluation. This can be done at any time during the school year by contacting your child’s teacher or school administrator. In some states, you may also need to fill out a form requesting an evaluation. If you do not know who to contact, ask for a referral at your child’s school and they should be able to direct you to the right person.
Afterward, the team will meet with you and your child’s teachers to discuss what type of support would best fit their needs. They will then create an Individualized Education Program that lists all of these accommodations and modifications along with specific goals for each area where help is needed so that no matter where they’re struggling academically or behaviourally.