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Better IEPS: 
How to Develop Legally Correct 
Educationally Useful Programs


Barbara D. Bateman and Mary Anne Linden
ISBN: 1-57035-164-3 
Sopris Product Code: 63IEP 

   Updated and Revised!    
   Includes IDEA Amendments of 1997  
Since 1977, every child in the United States who has a disability and needs special education has been entitled to a free appropriate public education under a federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

1997, Congress amended the IDEA to strengthen the role of parents, increase the involvement of regular education teachers, ensure access to the general education curriculum, focus on teaching and learning while reducing unnecessary paperwork, increase accommodation of racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity, ensure schools are safe and conducive to learning, and encourage parents and educators to resolve differences through nonadversarial means.

The heart of the law is the child's written Individualized Educational Program (IEP). Better IEPs gives special educators, regular educators, and parents the confidence and know-how to develop IEPs that are both legally correct and educationally useful. Currently many IEPs are neither.

Better IEPs presents a powerful, three-step IEP process that focuses on the individual student and avoids the all too common routinized approach to program development. This "how-to" guide will empower IEP teams to plan for and provide an appropriate education by:

  • Following the correct sequence of identification IEP development placement