Maryland Statewide Individualized Education Program (IEP) Process Guide July 2014  

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Communication (required for ALL students)

Special Communication Needs (required for ALL students)

Each student’s IEP team is to address the communication needs of each student with a disability
Indicate YES or NO

If YES, describe specific needs

Provide a narrative description of the student's special communication need(s) in the text field.

NOTE:
In this field the IEP Team may indicate where within the IEP more detailed descriptive information related to communication needs may be located.

Assistive Technology (AT) (required for ALL students


Consider AT device(s) and/or services(s) that are needed to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of the student.

 

AT Considered

Indicate YES or NO

AT Device(s)

Indicate YES if the IEP team determines the student needs an AT device(s).

 

If YES, identify how the use of AT device(s) will be addressed:
• Supplementary Aids, Services, Program Modifications, and Supports; and/or
• Instructional and Testing Accommodations

Indicate NO if the IEP team determines the student does not need an AT device(s).

AT Service(s)

Indicate YES if the IEP team determines the student needs an AT service(s).
 

If YES, identify how the AT service(s) will be addressed:
• Supplementary Aids, Services, Program Modifications, and Supports;
• Related Service*
• Instructional and Testing Accommodations

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Indicate NO if the IEP team determines the student does not need an AT service(s).

*NOTE:
The Services Page identifies the location, service nature, service description, begin and end date, and the provider of each AT service(s) to be provided as a related service.

Document Basis for Decision(s) (required)

A required text field for an IEP team to provide additional information to document the basis of the IEP team’s decision. If addressed properly, documentation will meet requirements of prior written notice (PWN), in accordance with 34 C.F.R. §300.503 and COMAR 13A.05.01.12, PWN includes:
• A description of the action proposed or refused;
• An explanation of why the public agency proposes or refuses to take the action;
• A description of the options the public agency considered and the reason the options were rejected;
• A description of each assessment procedure, test, record, or report the public agency uses as a basis for the proposal or refusal;
• A description of any other factors relevant to the proposed or refused action;
• A list of sources a parent may contact to obtain assistance in understanding the provisions of IDEA; and
• If an action proposed by a public agency also requires parental consent, a public agency may provide notice at the same time it requests consent.

[20 U.S.C §1415; 34 C.F.R. §300.503; COMAR 13A.05.01.12]

Services for Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired

In the case of the student who is blind or visually impaired, including students with deaf-blindness, and multiple disabilities, if one of the disabilities includes a visual impairment, the IEP team shall address the provision of instruction in Braille and the use of Braille unless the IEP Team determines, after an evaluation of the student's reading and writing skills, needs, and appropriate reading and writing media (including an evaluation of the student's future needs for instruction in Braille or the use of Braille), that instruction in Braille or the use of Braille is not appropriate for the student, and provide the parents with information relative to the Maryland School for the Blind.

Instruction in Braille Considered

Indicate YES or NO

Evaluation Date

Indicate date of evaluation of the student's reading and writing media.

Appropriateness of Instruction in Braille

Indicate YES or NO

Parents Provided Information Regarding the Maryland School for the Blind (MSB)

Indicate YES or NO

Document Basis for Decision(s)(required)

A required text field for an IEP team to provide additional information to document the basis of the IEP team’s decision. If addressed properly, documentation will meet requirements of prior written notice (PWN), in accordance with 34 C.F.R. §300.503 and COMAR 13A.05.01.12, PWN includes:

• A description of the action proposed or refused;
• An explanation of why the public agency proposes or refuses to take the action;
• A description of the options the public agency considered and the reason the options were rejected;
• A description of each assessment procedure, test, record, or report the public agency uses as a basis for the proposal or refusal; 
•A description of any other factors relevant to the proposed or refused action; 
• A list of sources a parent may contact to obtain assistance in understanding the provisions of IDEA; and 
• If an action proposed by a public agency also requires parental consent, a public agency may provide notice at the same time it requests consent. 

[20 U.S.C §1415; 34 C.F.R. §300.503; COMAR 13A.05.01.12]


 

Services for Students Who are Deaf or Hearing Impaired

In the case of the student who is deaf or hearing impaired, including students with deaf-blindness, and multiple disabilities, if one of the disabilities includes deafness, the IEP team shall consider:

  1. The student's language and communication needs;
  2. Opportunities for direct communications with peers and professional personnel in the student's language and communication mode;
  3. Academic level; and
  4. Full range of needs, including opportunities for direct instruction in the student’s language and communication mode.

The local school system is required to provide the parents of students who are deaf or hearing impaired information relative to the Maryland School for the Deaf.

 

Parents Provided Information Regarding the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD)
Indicate YES or NO

Document Basis for Decision(s)(required)

A required text field for an IEP team to provide additional information to document the basis of the IEP team’s decision. If addressed properly, documentation will meet requirements of prior written notice (PWN), in accordance with 34 C.F.R. §300.503 and COMAR 13A.05.01.12, PWN includes:

• A description of the action proposed or refused;
• An explanation of why the public agency proposes or refuses to take the action;
• A description of the options the public agency considered and the reason the options were rejected;
• A description of each assessment procedure, test, record, or report the public agency uses as a basis for the proposal or refusal;
•A description of any other factors relevant to the proposed or refused action;
• A list of sources a parent may contact to obtain assistance in understanding the provisions of IDEA; and
• If an action proposed by a public agency also requires parental consent, a public agency may provide notice at the same time it requests consent.

[20 U.S.C §1415; 34 C.F.R. §300.503; COMAR 13A.05.01.12]

  

Behavioral Interventions

In the case of a student whose behavior impedes the student's learning or that of others, the IEP team shall consider the use of positive behavioral interventions and supports, and other strategies, to address that behavior. A functional behavioral assessment (FBA) must be conducted. If an FBA has been conducted that addressed the inappropriate behavior or misconduct that is impeding the student's learning, or the learning of others, a behavioral intervention plan (BIP) may be needed to specify interventions to address the behavior(s).

 

If an FBA has not been conducted, the IEP team needs to plan for conducting the FBA, prior to developing a BIP. If the student’s IEP team has identified the student’s behavior(s) that impedes the student's learning or that of others, the IEP team must document the consideration and need for a BIP and/or annual measurable goals designed to eliminate the behavior(s) of concern.

Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) Assessment Date

Indicate date of most recent FBA

Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP)

Indicate YES or NO
 

Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP) Implementation Date

Indicate date of BIP Implementation.

Document Basisfor Decision(s)(required)

A required text field for an IEP team to provide additional information to document the basis of the IEP team’s decision. If addressed properly, documentation will meet requirements of prior written notice (PWN), in accordance with 34 C.F.R. §300.503 and COMAR 13A.05.01.12, PWN includes:

• A description of the action proposed or refused;
• An explanation of why the public agency proposes or refuses to take the action;
• A description of the options the public agency considered and the reason the options were rejected;
• A description of each assessment procedure, test, record, or report the public agency uses as a basis for the proposal or refusal;
• A description of any other factors relevant to the proposed or refused action;
• A list of sources a parent may contact to obtain assistance in understanding the provisions of IDEA; and
• If an action proposed by a public agency also requires parental consent, a public agency may provide notice at the same time it requests consent.

 

[20 U.S.C §1415; 34 C.F.R. §300.503; COMAR 13A.05.01.12]

Services for Students with Limited English Proficiency

In the case of a student with limited English proficiency, consider the language needs of the student as such needs relate to the student's IEP.

Document Basis for Decision(s)(required)

A required text field for an IEP team to provide additional information to document the basis of the IEP team’s decision. If addressed properly, documentation will meet requirements of prior written notice (PWN), in accordance with 34 C.F.R. §300.503 and COMAR 13A.05.01.12, PWN includes:

• A description of the action proposed or refused;
• An explanation of why the public agency proposes or refuses to take the action;
• A description of the options the public agency considered and the reason the options were rejected;
• A description of each assessment procedure, test, record, or report the public agency uses as a basis for the proposal or refusal;
• A description of any other factors relevant to the proposed or refused action;
• A list of sources a parent may contact to obtain assistance in understanding the provisions of IDEA; and
• If an action proposed by a public agency also requires parental consent, a public agency may provide notice at the same time it requests consent.


[20 U.S.C §1415; 34 C.F.R. §300.503; COMAR 13A.05.01.12]