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Individualized Education Program (IEP)- The Individualized Education Plan (IEP) was established by the IDEA to help ensure every child's access to a Free Appropriate Public Education. The IEP is a written document, developed by an IEP team, which draws upon existing evaluation information in order to meet a student's unique educational needs.

Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) - Public schools and local school boards are responsible for ensuring that every child with a disability receives a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Special education and related services should meet a child's unique needs and prepare him or her for further education, employment, and independent living.

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) - To the maximum extent appropriate, students with disabilities must be educated with students in the general education setting. IDEA-2004 favors instruction in the general education setting with supplementary aids and services when appropriate. School districts must provide a full continuum of placement alternatives to ensure that the LRE is provided.

Nondiscriminatory Identification and Evaluation - Schools must use nonbiased, multifaceted methods of evaluation. Evaluation procedures must not discriminate on the basis of race, culture, or native language. No single test score can be used to place a student in special education and all tests must be given in the child's native language. This requirement is known as protection in evaluation procedures.

Parent and Teacher Participation - Placement decisions, writing of Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals and objectives and related services issues are decided in collaboration with the parents and students, as appropriate

Parent and Student Participation and Shared Decision-Making- Throughout the special education process, parental consent and participation is obtained; this includes initial and all subsequent evaluations and placement decisions. If parents disagree with the public school's evaluation, they may hire an independent evaluator at public expense. When the school and parents disagree, mediation and a due process hearing are allowed. Under IDEA-2004, parents have the right to attorney's fees if they prevail in a due process hearing.