Individualized Education Program (IEP)
It is a document that is developed for each child who is eligible for special education. The IEP is created through a team effort reviewed periodically. An IEP defines the individualized objectives of a child who has been found with a disability, as defined by federal regulations. The IEP is intended to help children reach educational goals more easily than they otherwise would. In all cases the IEP must be tailored to the individual student's needs as identified by the IEP evaluation process, and must especially help teachers and related service providers understand the student's disability and how the disability affects the learning process.
The IEP describes how the student learns, how the student best demonstrates that learning and what teachers and service providers will do to help the student learn more effectively. Developing an IEP requires assessing students in all areas related to the known disabilities, simultaneously considering ability to access the general curriculum, considering how the disability affects the student’s learning, forming goals and objectives that correspond to the needs of the student, and choosing a placement in the least restrictive environment possible for the student.
An IEP is meant to ensure that students receive an appropriate placement, not only special education classrooms or special schools. It is meant to give the student a chance to participate in regular school culture and academics as much as is possible for that individual student. In this way, the student is able to have specialized assistance only when such assistance is absolutely necessary, and otherwise maintains the freedom to interact with and participate in the activities of his or her more general school peers.
Brigance Assessment Tool
The school uses this assessment tool for evaluating the students of St. John Paul II Learning Center Inc. This is used as a screening tool to identify students who may be at risk of learning difficulties and to determine present level of performance necessary in developing Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and objectives. It is also used to target instruction and monitor students' program.