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About the IEP
What is an IEP?
Who’s on the IEP team?
Components of a quality IEP
Placement options
Timelines for the IEP
Terms and acronyms
Before the IEP
10 tips to prepare for the meeting
What to bring
IEP Preparation and Participation Form (PDF)
At the IEP meeting
Helpful hints
Outline of an IEP meeting
Special education meeting planner
After the IEP meeting
Evaluation checklist (PDF)
Placement Options
Following the completion of your child's IEP, the IEP team will make a placement recommendation. The placement decision is based on the services your child needs and takes several factors into consideration. By law, your child’s placement will be in the least restrictive environment.
Least Restrictive Environment:
Your child with a disability should be educated, to the maximum extent appropriate, with children without disabilities. The IEP team must first consider if your child can remain in the regular education classroom and achieve the IEP goals and objectives with the help of supplementary aids and services. If the team agrees this cannot be achieved satisfactorily, the team then must decide the route that will allow your child opportunities to be integrated with peers without disabilities to the maximum extent possible and as close to his or her home school as possible.
Considerations for removing a child from a regular education classroom:
  • The nature or severity of a child's disability is such that his or her education in the regular education class, with the use of supplementary aids and services, cannot be achieved satisfactorily
  • A child is so disruptive in the regular education classroom that the education of the other students is significantly impaired
Removal from regular education must be based on the following factors:
  • The nature and severity of the disability (cannot be the only factor)
  • The diverse learning styles that would require your child to be educated in a setting other than the regular education classroom
  • The need for specially designed materials, supplies or equipment that would prohibit access to the curriculum and goals of the regular education class
  • Significant modifications to the regular education curriculum that would have an adverse effect on the educational program and learning environment for other students in the class
  • The extent to which your child is distractible
  • The inability of your child to engage appropriately with other students
  • Any potential harmful effect on your child or on the quality of services that your child needs
  • The significant disruptions that would occur in the regular education classroom that would have a negative effect on the education of other students
  • The degree to which your child would not benefit from placement in the regular education class
The team cannot base the placement decision solely on any of the following:
  • The category of your child's disability
  • The configuration of schools in the district
  • The availability of related services
  • Curriculum content
  • Methods of curriculum delivery
  • Availability of space
  • Budgetary factors
  • The severity of the disability
  • Administrative convenience
Special education placements — kindergarten through grade 12:
  • Inside regular class at least 80 percent of the time
  • Inside regular class 40 percent to 79 percent of the time
  • Inside regular class less than 40 percent of the time
  • Public separate school – day facility
  • Private separate school – day facility
  • Public residential facility
  • Private residential facility
  • Homebound/hospital
Early childhood special education (ECSE) placements:
  • Early childhood setting
  • Early childhood/special education (ECSE) setting
  • Home
  • Part-time early childhood/part-time ECSE
  • Residential setting
  • Separate school
  • Itinerant service outside the home
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Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD) is a leader in providing special education services to students with disabilities and also provides a wide range of career and technical education programs.
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