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INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM (IEP) - Statute

4. Changes provisions regarding the statement of services.
The IEP must include a statement of the special education and related services and supplementary aids and services, based on peer-reviewed research to the extent practicable, to be provided to the child or on behalf of the child, and a statement of the program modifications or supports for school personnel that will be provided for the child. [614(d)(1)(A)(i)(IV)]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. How might the consideration of peer-reviewed research impact the development of an IEP?


  2. How might the use of peer-reviewed practices impact the delivery of services?


  3. How might the use of peer-reviewed practices impact AYP scores?


Application Questions

  1. How might a team determine whether special education services, related services, or supplementary aids and services are based upon peer reviewed research?


  2. How might a team determine if they met the guideline of evaluating services based upon peer-review “to the extent practical”?


  3. What type of university and/or professional development training is necessary to prepare teachers to judiciously choose and properly implement research-based practices within their classroom?


  4. What is the best way to inform parents about research-based services and/or practices?


  5. Whose responsibility should it be to ensure teachers have access to journals that document peer-reviewed research?


    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:


    Role: Early Childhood Professional & Advocate
    Location: Maryland
    Role: Higher Education
    Location: South Carolina
    Role: Related Services Provider
    Location: New Jersey
    Role: Parent Training & Information Professional
    Location: California
    Role: Parent
    Location: New Mexico