The Following information is an excerpt from the NYS Education Department's website 
listed below are the links for details regarding Individualized Education Program Guidance 

Individualized Education Program Guidance 

Research and experience has shown that to improve results for students with disabilities, schools must:

have high expectations for students with disabilities; 
meet the student’s needs to enable the student to access, participate and progress in the general education curriculum to the maximum extent possible;  
ensure that parents have meaningful opportunities to participate in the development, review and revision of the individualized education program (IEP); 
ensure that families have meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children at school and at home;
ensure that special education is a service, rather than a place where students are sent; 
provide appropriate special education services and supplementary supports and services in the general education classroom, whenever appropriate;
provide effective systems of school-wide, classroom, small group and individualized systems of behavior supports;
ensure that all those who work with students with disabilities have the skills and knowledge necessary to help such students to meet academic and functional goals;
prepare students for their transition to adult living, working and learning to lead productive independent adult lives to the maximum extent possible; 
provide high quality research-based instruction and supports; and
focus resources on teaching and learning.

The IEP is the cornerstone of the special education process for each individual student. It is the tool to document how one student’s special needs related to his/her disability will be met within the context of an educational environment. This guidance document provides important information for Committees on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) and Committees on Special Education (CSE)1 in developing IEPs that are reasonably calculated to result in educational benefit to a student.

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