I.E.P. Paperwork…it’s a lot. If you’re like me, you may actually feel pretty pumped up about reading a 28+ page document full of information. However, I’ve learned through the years, that not everyone feels the same way. An I.E.P. Snapshot can help deliver the information we all need in record time.
What is an I.E.P. Snapshot Page?
An I.E.P. “at a glance” Snapshot is an one-page summary of a student’s I.E.P. The purpose of the snapshot is to make all important information on the I.E.P. accessible.
What does an I.E.P. Snapshot Include?
- name, age/date of birth/grade, disability code
- contact information
- IEP dates (start/finish)
- Service area, service providers, time (i.e.: minutes/hours/days per week)
- Goal areas, goals, objectives (may use abbreviated language), dates
Accommodations and/or Modifications (if applicable)
- Very helpful if this information is organized in a checklist or chart
Supplemental Aids/Services and Additional Information
- Allergies/Medical information
- Behavior plans
- Motivators/identified reinforcers
- Student Strengths
Do I really need to create an I.E.P. Snapshot?
An I.E.P. Snapshot does not replace the I.E.P. – it’s only an ONE page summary of a lengthy legal document. You can’t have one or the other.
Everyone working directly with the child needs to have access to the full-length Individualized Education Plan.
I think I.E.P. “at a glance” snapshots are REALLY helpful in accessing information quickly. There are many templates out there or you could quickly create your own.
Be careful not to get into a quick “cut and paste” assembly mode. While templates are very helpful to provide a consistent form, you may need to customize the snapshot to meet specific student needs. I find the process of combing through the I.E.P. in order to organize the information into one page (that’s really not a lot of room!) deepens my understanding and establishes the “big picture” of how the I.E.P. helps the child.
One last important piece of information – although an I.E.P. snapshot can look like an awesome document to keep on your clipboard for easy reference, it is still a confidential document.
(I know you know this, but I’ve seen some awfully cute snapshots left on the copier before!)
If you’d like a time-saving template to create I.E.P. at a glance pages, there are editable versions in the Special Educators Resource Room bundle: