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ERIC Number: ED529731
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
Standards-Based IEP: Implementation Update. inForum
Ahearn, Eileen
Project Forum
In May 2006, Project Forum published a document entitled "Standards-Based IEPs: Implementation in Selected States" based on staff interviews in 18 states about their use of standards-based individualized education programs (IEPs). The definition of a standards-based IEP as presented in that document is: "a process and document that is framed by the state standards and that contains goals aligned with, and chosen to facilitate the student's achievement of, state grade-level academic standards". Findings from that study revealed the wide range of ways that state standards were being incorporated into the IEP process and document. Of the 18 states interviewed, 11 required IEP teams to use a standards-based approach as described in the definition above. The other seven states described their process as one in which IEP teams were expected to consider state standards and/or state curriculum based on the state standards in describing present levels of performance and in developing goals, but they did not require the use of grade-level standards for developing student goals. The implementation of IEPs has continued to evolve and in March 2010, Project Forum surveyed all states to examine their current practices in this area. This document is based on the results of that survey. Project Forum at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) completed this task under its cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). A list of state links to materials related to standards-based IEPs is appended. (Contains 8 footnotes.)
Project Forum. Available from: National Association of State Directors of Special Education. 1800 Diagonal Road Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800; Fax: 703-519-3808; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), Project Forum
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act