IEP / IFSP / 504 Basics


Reevaluations for Special Education: What You Need to Know

If your child has an IEP, you’re probably familiar with the school evaluation process. The evaluation results help determine whether your child was eligible for special education. They also shape the goals in his IEP.


Individualized Education Program (IEP) Progress Reports: How will you know if your child is making progress on IEP goals?

Why is making progress important? Making appropriate progress on IEP goals is the key to meaningful special education.


Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities: Consideration and Documentation of Assistive Technology Delivery

MSDE Technical Assistance Bulletin
November 2019

The focus of this technical assistance bulletin is to provide guidance to local school systems for the use and documentation of assistive technology


Improving Outcomes for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities: Eligibility, Instruction, and Assessment

MSDE Technical Assistance Bulletin
November 2019

The purpose of this technical assistance bulletin is to support Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams and school leaders in determining eligibility for, and in implementing, the Alternate Education Framework.

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Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

MSDE Technical Assistance Bulletin
November 2019

Students with and without disabilities are assessed on their achievement of academic content standards; student performance informs instruction which is aligned with the core curriculum

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A Family Guide to Understanding the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

A Family Guide to the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is designed to help families understand the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program and support families in the early intervention and education birth through five system of services. It will help guide families through the IFSP process and written documentation.


Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) Process and Document Guide

An Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is a process and a document provided to children under the age of 3 who are eligible for early intervention services. Services are delivered in the home or community-based settings and are family centered. The Maryland Infants & Toddlers Program IFSP Process and Document Guide explains the purpose and necessary documentation of each step in the IFSP process.


Children with Special Healthcare Needs Require Individual Health Plans in IEPs/504s

By Lauren Agoratus, M.A
ep Magazine

Students with special healthcare needs may need extra medical support to attend school.  Special healthcare needs could impact attendance, academic performance, or even require emergency intervention.  Children with special healthcare needs can have an Individualized Healthcare Plan (IHP) as an addendum to their IEP (Individualized Education Program) or 504 plan.

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Parent Tips: Riding a Special Needs Bus

What parents can do to help ensure students are safe

By Howard County Autism Society

The IEP team has decided that your student qualifies for special needs transportation to and from home and school. Now what? Your student’s bus ride can set the tone for her school day and help with the transition from school to home or after-school activities. With so much at stake, how can parents help ensure students are safe and secure while riding the school bus?

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Natural Environments Support Early Intervention Services

Pacer Center

All young children tend to thrive when they’re in familiar surroundings and with the people and objects that are most dear to them. For young children with disabilities, those reassuring surroundings are an essential part of their early intervention services. Called “natural environments,” they’re where children can practice new skills and reap the full benefits of professional intervention services.

Natural environments are more than people, places, and objects. They’re an essential part of your child’s right to inclusive early childhood special education services under Part C of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).