What are Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)? 

Students who require extra help and support can receive specialized and customized services in public schools.

Who is Eligible for IEP?

Students can be eligible for IEPs for numerous reasons, such as:

  • Learning disabilities
  • ADHD or other attention disorders
  • Emotional disorders
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Hearing, speech, or vision problems
  • Developmental delays
  • Physical disabilities

How do IEPs work?

IEPs can be offered in the same classroom or separate classrooms. In some cases, students receive extra time with their teacher. In other cases, they are placed in separate classrooms along with other students.

What are the Pros and Cons?

While IEPs are quite beneficial for many students, for some they may not provide the ideal solution.

Here are some of the pros of being in an IEP:

  • Receive specialized attention
  • Receive more time for homework assignments
  • Receive extra time more time for tests

Here are some of the potential drawbacks of being placed in an IEP:

  • Sometimes, students may be grouped together with students who are not at the same age and learning level, thus resulting in a learning environment that is not as cohesive since different students are at different levels
  • Students may not be learning the same material as their peers in regular classrooms, thus in some areas they may fall behind

It is important to weigh the pros and cons of IEPs before students are placed into them. For many, IEPs are the correct solutions. However, for some, IEPs may not offer the correct approach. 

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