If the team agrees that the child is eligible to receive special education and related services, it will begin the process of developing an Individualized Education Program (IEP) designed to meet the child’s specific needs. The development of the IEP gives parents the opportunity to work as equal partners with educators. The team will identify the child’s strengths and needs, and discuss and determine what will be provided to teach to the strengths and meet the needs. It will further discuss what the anticipated goals and outcomes may be.
The process of collaborative goal setting allows both parents and educators to combine their separate areas of expertise to plan for the individual needs of the child.
The IEP is a written document— a description of the individualized program developed for the child. The IEP document will be written at the PPT meeting. A proposed IEP, labeled DRAFT, may be presented at the meeting, but changes can and should be made as the team works together to develop the program further. Additional PPT meetings may take place in order to request new evaluations, update the IEP, continue with the existing program, or determine that special services are no longer required.
If a child is found not to be eligible to receive special services, the child may be eligible for a Section 504 plan. This possibility, as well as any other options for appropriate programming and interventions, should be discussed at the meeting