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Developing Your Child's IEP
Present Levels, Goals & Services, Accommodations

Question 12.

Should we include methodology in the IEP?

Answer

The law does not require your child's IEP to include educational methodology.

The position of the U.S. Department of Education is that including methodology in a child's IEP is an IEP team decision.

If the IEP team decides that your child needs a specific method to receive a free, appropriate public education, the instructional method may be included in the IEP.

In light of the legislative history and case law, it is clear that in developing an individualized education there are circumstances in which the particular teaching methodology that will be used is an integral part of what is 'individualized' about a student's education and, in those circumstances will need to be discussed at the IEP meeting and incorporated into the student's IEP.

Teachers must have the content knowledge and skills to teach children with disabilities. This includes the use of research based instructional practices and programs.

If a parent can request a specific program, and it is written into the IEP, the school has to provide it.

Legal Resource

Wrightslaw: All About IEPs Chapter 6 - Progress, Accommodations, and Assessments

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition

IDEA

20 U.S.C.§ 1412(a)(14)

IDEA Regulations

34 C.F.R. §300.156

Additional Resources

Methodology in the IEP

Commentary in the Federal Register at page 46665

Why Do Schools Resist Writing Methodology in the IEP?

How to use IDEA 2004 to Improve Your Child's Special Education

State Special Education Regulations and Guidelines. You will find your specific state regulations at your State Department of Education website. Use the Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities to locate your state site.

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