What is an IEP?

Individual Education Plan (IEP)

Each year an IEP is developed for students identified as having special needs. This plan describes the program modifications and/or adaptations for the student and the services that are to be provided. It serves as a tool for collaborative planning among the school, the parents, the student (where appropriate) and, as necessary, school district personnel, other ministries and/or community agencies.

It is a concise and usable document which summarizes the plan for the student’s educational program. The IEP document does not describe every aspect of the student’s program. It does refer to those aspects of the education program that are modified or adapted, and identifies the support services to be provided (Burnaby Schools, 2019).