IEP, Section 504 and RTI

IEP info page from PAUSD


Special Education Fact Sheet
Facts about special education for children between the ages of 3 – 22 who are eligible for special education services. Created by the California Foster Youth Task Force.


SELPA  Procedural Handbook.
Handbook on all legal right and explanation of the whole IEP process from Assesment to IEP (including Early Childhood) by Santa Clara SELPA.


Early Start California
Information on “Early Start”. Families whose infants or toddlers have a developmental delay or disability or an established risk condition with a high probability of resulting in a delay may be eligible to receive an “Early Start” in California. For downloadable resources click here.


Special Education Process Explained
A description of the special education process by the Special Education Guide.


The Difference between an IEP and a 504.
A chart comparing  them side-by-side to help you understand the differences by Understood  a joined forces organization of 15  nonprofit who have a common desire to help parents help children.

Top Ten Most Ridiculous Comments Heard at an IEP Meeting
In her job as a special education advocate, and as a parent of a child with special needs Dennise Goldberg has met some wonderful, caring, knowledgeable, well meaning Teachers and School Personnel. She has also, at times, heard some of the most outrageous statements. This is why they are so ridiculous.


RTI Action Network
What is Response to Intervention, where to start


Response to Intervention (RTI) in determining a Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
Short note on what RTI means.


A Parent’s Guide to Response to Intervention (RTI)
Some general information about RTI by the National Center For Learning Disabilities. Click here for the parent guide itself.


Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Acto fo 1973
General explanation what a 504 is and the difference to an IEP by online special education advisor.


A parent’s guide to Section 504 in public schools
Short note on what section 504 is.


504 info from US Dept of Ed
A guidebook for states and schools on Section 504.


Process to get an IEP
The basic special education process under IDEA explained in 10 steps by NICHCY. How to get an IEP, list of 10 steps.


A Guide to the Individualized Education Program (IEP)
A Guide to the Individualized Education Program, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education


Special Education Rights and Responsibilities (SERR) manual
Comprehensive manual on rights and proces for special education, IEP in particular. By Community Alliance for Special Education
(CASE) and Disability Rights California.


General information about the Individual Education Plan (IEP) by the National Center For Learning Disabilities.


Examples of a SMART IEP in relation to the law by Wrightslaw.


18 tips For Getting Quality Special Education Services For Your Child
By a disability rights attorney, written in 2007 but still relevant.


Online training in writing an IEP.
This online training is available via California Services for Technical Assistance and Training (CalSTAT) and is specific to benchmarks related to CA content standards. But it’s also conveniently based on IDEA 2004 and deals with writing measurable goals and objectives, a skill quite central to writing effective IEPs.


IEP Timeline
A summery of the timeline of the IEP process on the website of  a lawyer firm.


Special Education: Assessment and IEP Timeline
Flow chart of assesment and the IEP timeline.


Meeting Planner for an IEP meeting
A general example of a planning of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) Meeting by the National Center For Learning Disabilities.


IEP Forms
IEP forms used in Santa Clara County. Also in Spanish (formas en español).


IEP Manual
This manual  of a recommended template for an IEP, developed by members of the State SELPA Association to address the legal requirements of IDEA, state law, and the State Performance  Plan as appropriate. The manual describes what is filled in the IEP forms (e.g. Progress Reports: Document the date and the summary of the progress) and what information should be in the IEP. A very helpful tool when preparing for your IEP meeting.


IEP Goals
IEP  Goal Bank has been designed to allow users to locate specific goals  as used in the eSIS SPED Full software. Goalbook Toolkit guides educators working with specialized student populations to vary the levels of instructional support. Handbook of Goals and Objectives from 2004 put together by Califormia School Administrators and Special Ed Teachers.


Examples of measurable postsecondary goals
A list with examples published by the Montana Office of Public Instruction.


Transition IEP’s
Tips on Transition IEP by TACA.


What if you do not agree with the IEP
Short explanation of options you have if you do not agree with the IEP by Abiliy

My First IEP (pdf)
A Parent’s Guide by Prepared for the San Francisco Unified School District, Special Education Services, but has helpful info that can apply to our district.