Standards-based Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

Standards-based IEPs focus on helping students go from their current level of performance to meeting grade-level college and career ready standards.  Explore the resources below for an overview of standards-based IEPs, how standards-based IEPs are different, and why standards-based IEPs promote your child’s growth.

National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) presents a seven-step process to be used in developing a standards-based IEP. Each step is followed by guiding questions for the IEP team to consider in making data-based decisions.

The U.S. Department of Education provides resources on IDEA requirements and implementation considerations for IEPs.

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning provides a host of resources for SEAs, LEAs, families and educators to promote knowledge development and capacity building to ensure  equitable opportunities for children with disabilities to:

  1. participate in high-quality early learning  programs,
  2. be involved in and progress in the general education curriculum,
  3. prepare to meet college and career-ready standards,
  4. participate in assessments, and (5) transition to postsecondary education and the workforce.