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Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

Annual Review
A student’s Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is reviewed at least once each year. This is the Annual Review. A Committee on Special Education (CSE) is convened to review and discuss the student’s progress for the past year and to make plans for the coming year. A child’ parents, teachers, and service providers are invited to the meeting. Educators are required to submit written reports about student progress. This purpose is discussed and used to determine if changes to the IEP are warranted.

Extended School Year (ESY)
Students are eligible to receive extended school year services if there is documentation that the student will exhibit Substantial Regression if services do not continue throughout the summer. Part 200 of the Commissioner’s Regulations defines Substantial Regression as, "a student’s inability to maintain developmental levels due to a loss of skill or knowledge during the months of July and August of such severity as to require an inordinate period of review at the beginning of the school year to reestablish and maintain IEP goals and objectives mastered at the end of the previous school year."

Students eligible for CSE services, are not necessarily eligible for extended year services. Students determined to have met the requirements for extended school year services, often attend a school summer program. The program may or may not be in the district.

The majority of CSE students do not meet the requirements for extended year services.

If A Parent/Guardian Disagrees with the CSE Decision
If a parent/guardian disagrees with the outcome(s) of a CSE meeting, there are a number of legal means to contest the decision.

  1. The parent/guardian requests another meeting and submits to the CSE additional information to support the reason for the disagreement. The parent/guardian has the right to invite clinicians, physicians, specialists, and others with knowledge of the child and the discipline to provide this information.
  2. If the parent/guardian is not satisfied with the outcome of additional CSE meetings, the case can go to Mediation or an Impartial Hearing. Information on both of these processes is outlined in the Procedural Safeguard document  available through the Special Education Office.

Students who no longer require services are declassified. The process entails an evaluation, written reports, and a CSE meeting. It is a CSE and not an individual decision.

Students who are declassified can be provided with declassification support services for up to one year. Students who still require modifications and accommodations, but no longer need CSE services, can be referred to the school’s 504 Committee.

Frequently Used Education Acronyms/Terms in Special Education
504 Committee (after Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act) - a school-based team that assesses the needs of  students with certain medical conditions
ABA -  Applied Behavior Analysis
ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act
ADD- Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD- Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
AIS - Academic Intervention Support
APE- Adaptive Physical Education
AT - Assistive Technology
BIP - Behavior Intervention Plan
CPSE - Committee on Preschool Special Education
CSE - Committee on Special Education
ESY - Extended School Year
FAPE - Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA - Functional Behavioral Assessment
IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEP- Individualized Education Plan
LRC - Learning Resource Center
LRE - Least Restrictive Environment
OHI - Other Health Impaired
OT - Occupational Therapy
PT - Physical Therapy
PWN - Prior Written Notice
RTI - Response To Intervention
SCIS - Special Class Integrated Setting
SEIT - Special Education Itinerant Teacher