Maryland Statewide Individualized Education Program (IEP) Process Guide July 2017  

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The United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), has advised states that each Individualized Education Program (IEP) written on or after July 1, 2005, must comply with the Requirements of the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). The Maryland Statewide IEP addresses that requirement. The Statewide IEP will also aid public agencies with data collection and provide service providers with a student educational services planning tool. Therefore, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has directed that all IEPs written for students in Maryland be completed on these forms.

Statewide IEP Implementation Timeline

July 1, 2005

• Online IEP pilots

July 1, 2006

• Additional expansion to LSS
• Parallel data collection with online IEP and SSIS
• Web based online IEP expansion for data decision making
• Vendor money to support templates for statewide online IEP usage
• Develop additional modules

July 1, 2007

• Statewide IEP usage of template for all public agencies
• Public agencies required to have print version of the same format
• Parallel data collection continues

July 1, 2008

• Statewide IEP data collection and format implementation required

The IEP is a written document that is developed for each eligible student with a disability who is to receive special education and related services. The federal regulations for IDEA specify, at 34 CFR §§300.320-300.328, the procedures that school districts must follow to develop, review, and revise the IEP for each student. The information contained within this document reflects content found in the resources listed below. Public agency personnel may refer to these documents for additional information to ensure appropriate procedures are followed:

• IDEA 2004, 20 U.S.C. 1400, et seq.
• IDEA federal regulations 34 C.F.R. §§300, et seq.
• Education Articles, §8-401— 418, Annotated Code of Maryland1
• COMAR 13A.05.01 Provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education to Student with Disabilities
• COMAR 13A.08.03 Discipline of Student with Disabilities
• “Maryland Accommodations Manual, July 2013”
• “Maryland Student Records Manual, 2011”
• “Maryland Online Special Services Information System, October 25, 2014”

The Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services will be developing professional
development materials related to reducing the paperwork related to the development, review, and revision of a student’s IEP. Also, as all materials and brochures are updated special emphasis will be placed on providing direction on how local school systems can reduce any excessive length of IEPs including unnecessary and add-on paperwork.



1The Maryland General Assembly may change State law. If changes are made to State law that would impact the student's IEP or IEP team decisions, the IEP Process Guide will be revised to reflect changes.