How to Write Your Own  Homeschool IEP


Writing a homeschool IEP (Individual Education Plan) doesn’t have to be complicated.  Here are some great resources to help you create one with confidence.

Prep Work


Before you start the process of writing your student’s IEP, read this SPED Homeschool article on “4 Things to Prepare Before Writing Your Child’s IEP.”

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Next, visit our free download page and download our free IEP template.

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Finally, use the step-by-step instructions below along with the many linked resources to confidently create your homeschool student’s IEP.

#2 Diagnostic Testing


General Tests


Common Educational Tests Used for Assessment for Special Education, by the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

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Questions for the Diagnostician


Questions to ask a potential diagnostician when testing your student outside the public school, by Reading Rockets

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College Board Guidelines for Documentation


Documented history of need increases the likelihood for receiving future accommodations from third parties.

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Embrace Your Student’s Goals

Before moving on, make sure to read this SPED Homeschool article on the importance of embracing your student’s new goals.

#4 Goal Tracking


Form Bank


Various Evaluation, Data Collection and Progress Monitoring forms compiled by the Circle of Inclusion.

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Using Prompting


Prompting is a guided method used to gently guide children towards independence.  

 

Read this SPED Homeschool article to learn how to incorporate prompting into your student’s IEP goals.

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Data Collection


Thought Co. article on 7 approaches to data collection in IEP implementation.

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#5 Accommodations and Modifications


What are Accommodations and Modifications


Wondering what the difference is between accommodations and modifications?  This SPED Homeschool article will help.

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Writing an IEP: Accommodations and Modifications


This SPED Homeschool article will clarify how accommodations and modifications are used as tools to help children reach specific IEP goals.

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Modifications – Instructing at Your Child’s Learning Level


Is it time to start removing some of your student’s accommodations or modifications?  Check out this SPED Homeschool article to learn how. 

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Links To Accommodation and Modification Banks


Common Accommodations and modifications


A listing of the most common modifications and accommodations by Understood.

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Examples of Accommodations and modifications


Examples of accommodations and modifications by Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities.

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College Board Accommodation DOCUMENTATION Guidelines


Accommodations provided by the College Board for students with disabilities and links with information on how to request each for your student.

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Transition Plan

A transition plan is exactly what it sounds like, a 4-year plan detailing how specific schooling activities will prepare a student for wherever they are be transitioning.

 

And, although most students, as well as their parents, have no idea what the future holds 4 years away, each year the plan is adjusted to meet a more accurate end goal.

 

Typically, transition plans are used in general public high schools since special education students’ schooling includes learning components more diverse than just curriculum and extracurricular activities. A transition plan documents how each instructional component in a student’s learning plan fits together in achieving specific graduation goals.

 

A free sample transition plan and blank transition plan worksheet, are provided by provided by Understood.

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Signature Page

Creating a signature page at the end of your student’s IEP will document agreement of your IEP team (teacher, therapists, doctors, tutor, and whoever else will be helping your student work towards their goals) to be unified in working towards your student’s success.

 

Therapy Integration

If a therapist is working on your student’s IEP with you, make sure also to include any documentation on how therapy sessions will be integrated into the overall IEP plan.

Behavior Intervention

Document any methods used to help your child limit behavioral issues.  It’s also helpful to note the frequency the intervention is used and if the behavior will be measured or is related to a specific goal.

 

Slow & Steady

Now it’s time to put your plan into action, but beware, don’t allow a lack of measurable progress to get you off track. Reference this SPED Homeschool article throughout the year when you need some encouragement to keep going.

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