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What is the difference between an IFSP and an IEP?

IFSP
(Individual Family Service Plan)
IEP
(Individualized Education Plan)

For children and their families from birth through age 2.

For children age 3 up to age 21.
Focus is on providing early intervention to meet the unique needs of the child and family.
Focus is on providing the services and supports to meet the child's educational needs.
IFSP is developed by the IFSP team and is based on the needs of the child and family. An IFSP is developed annually and reviewed every six months.

IEP is developed by the IEP team and addresses how the child's disability affects his/her progress in the educational setting. An IEP is developed annually, progress monitored regularly and a re-evaluation is completed every 3 years.
 

Statement of performance contains information about the child's present levels of motor, cognitive, communication, social/emotional and adaptive development (self-help skills).
 

Statement of performance contains information about the child's present levels, which includes how the disability affects the child's participation in the educational setting.
 

Services are provided in the natural environment. This refers to the setting where the child would be if he/she did not have a disability.

Services are provided in the least restrictive environment (LRE). This refers to the extent the child will participate with non-disabled children in regular activities or classes.

 

Outcomes and activities are developed to address the needs of the child and family. Measurable annual goals are developed to address the child's specific educational needs.
 

 

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Iowa Area Education Agencies (AEAs) were created in 1974 by the Iowa legislature to ensure equal educational opportunities for all children from birth through age 21. As regional service agencies, AEAs provide special education and school improvement services for students, families, teachers, administrators, and their communities.


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