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Individual Education Program (IEP)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), protects and allows public schools to serve identified and eligible students with a qualified disability which adversely impacts their academic functioning. This provision is a requirement by both federal and state law, and assures parental rights in the process. The plan that is developed after a student is deemed to qualify and be eligible for special education is an Individualized Learning Plan (IEP) and must be individualized for the student, as well as take into account the whole student learning as well as whole student functioning.


Before an IEP can be implemented or written at Colorado Early Colleges Castle Rock, however, your student must be eligible for special education. By federal law, a multidisciplinary team must determine that (1) the student is a student with a disability and (2) the student requires special education and related services to benefit from the general education program.



The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children. In the law, Congress states: Disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to participate in or contribute to society. Improving educational results for children with disabilities is an essential element of our national policy of ensuring equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities. Complaints about non-adherence to the law for an IEP in SPED go to the Colorado Department of Education.


For information about what disability category a student might be eligible for in the state of Colorado, please view the Colorado Disability Categories. In order to be eligible to receive services, supporting documentation, eligibility meetings and assessments may be necessary.


Although IEPs are not transferable to the collegiate services, a student who was previously served under an IEP *may* be eligible to be served under a 504.


For new students, a member from our Exceptional Student Services staff will be reaching out to families who have indicated the need for services on their enrollment/registration.



It is important to note that ALL information provided as supporting documentation, assessment information and/or diagnostic information is held completely confidential within our SPED team. Accommodation information is shared with the student’s current CECCR teachers, and CECCR teachers are trained in keeping confidentiality.



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Colorado Department of Education SPED Parental Resources

Colorado Department of Education-IEP FAQs

IDEA Law Information