Special Education

15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA  92128
Phone:  (858) 521-2800  Ext. 2216, Fax: (858) 485-1501

The Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Process

Forms and Documents for IEP

If you need the Notice of Procedural Safeguards in any other languages, please reach out to the Special Education Department: (858) 521-2800 ext. 2216

The IEP Process Overview


Referral: The best way to refer a student for assessment to determine eligibility for special education services is through the child’s teacher and the school’s Intervention Assistance Team (IAT).

Assessment: Based on the concerns expressed on the IAT referral, an assessment plan will be designed and explained to the student’s parent/guardian for approval.

Meeting to Review Assessment Results: The parent, principal (or designee), the child’s teacher and those who performed assessments will meet to review findings and determine appropriate services. Keep in mind that the goal is to serve students in settings that offer the most normal school experience as is appropriate.

Annual Reviews: At least every twelve months, the IEP team (principal, teacher, special education providers, parent/guardian) meets to discuss the student’s progress and set goals for the upcoming twelve month period.

Three Year Reviews: Every third year, an extensive review is conducted and reported to the IEP team. Assessments may duplicate the thoroughness of the initial assessment.

The Individualized Education Program (IEP)

  • An Individualized Educational Program (IEP) describes the special education and related services specifically designed to meet the unique educational needs of a student with a disability. The program is developed at IEP meetings, and its provisions are detailed in writing in the IEP.
  • The IEP is developed by a committee that includes a school administrator (designee), a general education teacher, a special education teacher, related service providers (if appropriate), the parents, and the student (if appropriate). It contains goals and objectives based upon the student's present level of educational performance. These goals and objectives are outlined by those involved in planning and providing services. In addition, the IEP specifies the educational placement or setting, and the related services necessary to reach these goals and objectives. It also includes the date the services will begin, how long they will last, and the way in which student progress will be evaluated.
  • The IEP can be more than an outline and management tool of the student's special education program. It can be an opportunity for parents and educators to work together as equal participants to identify the student's needs, what will be provided to meet those needs, and what the anticipated outcomes may be. It is a document that is revised as the needs of the student change. The periodic review of the IEP serves as an evaluation of the student's progress toward meeting the educational goals and objectives. Finally, the IEP serves as the focal point for clarifying issues and cooperative decision making by parents, the student and school personnel in the best interest of the student. For all of these reasons, the IEP is the cornerstone of special education.
  • In preparation for the meeting, parents/guardians are asked to: Bring any relevant medical or psychological information since the last year’s IEP meeting. In particular, reports outlining changes in the child’s condition, new medications that have been prescribed, new therapies, etc. Bring any specific information about your child that might help in crafting goals and programs for the upcoming year.

The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2121, jjimenez@powayusd.com. For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator/ 504 Coordinator Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840, jdayhoff@powayusd.com

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