Writing IEPs for the Audience of Teachers, Parents, and Students: The Case for the Communicative Individual Education Program

Richard J. Lucido, Ph.D.
East Detroit Public Schools


Our current paradigm of Individualized Education Program (IEP) construction, the creation of a legal document or contract between parents and schools, needs rethinking. This paradigm’s unintended consequences have resulted in vast inefficiencies in special education and have detracted from the core purpose of the IEP document, the communication of the individualized educational plan.  An alternative approach, the communicative IEP, will be presented. In this framework the written IEP is primarily conceived as a communication tool rather than a legal document.  It will be argued that this approach will result in a shorter and more understandable IEP document, as well as a substantial savings in limited educator resources, which could then be better prioritized towards service delivery.

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