Individualized Service Plan (ISP) : Everything You Need to Know

It refers to a plan which provides as much help as is necessary to a child. Notably, private schools have few services provided to students. While public schools automatically create individualized education plans (IEPs) for children, kids with special needs who attend private schools can only partake in the Individualized Service Plan programs from the local education agency.

However, even though the number of services available for private school attendees is significantly less, if a child has one of 13 pre-specified disabilities covered in the IDEA, they should be able to access these services.

The local school district pays for an Individualized Service Plan, and it doesn’t need to ensure that a kid is provided with FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education). An ISP mentions the special education and associated services the local education agency will make available to a kid. While parents don’t need to pay anything for these services, the student may not be able to receive those services at the private school. Instead, the local education agency can require the kid to go to a public school for services such as speech therapy sessions.

Under ISPs, students don’t have an individual right to receive the same special education and associated services as they’d in public schools. Instead, they’re entitled to receive “equitable services,” which is based on the funding available for private schools.

To qualify for an Individualized Service Plan, a kid must meet the following criteria:

·         Be placed in a private school by the parents (not as an out-of-district placement)

·         Have one of the thirteen disabilities covered under the IDEA

·         Need special education to successfully access and benefit from a general education curriculum

Parents have to give written consent for their kids to be evaluated, and the local education agency will conduct the evaluation. A parent may request that the local education agency in which the private school is situated evaluate a kid instead of the local education agency in the child’s local district. However, the local education agency will make the final decision.

Local education agencies have to evaluate students in private schools who may require special education, which is known as Child Find. If parents think the local education agency has failed to evaluate or identify their kids, they may follow “due process” procedures.

According to IDEA, an Individualized Service Plan has to be reviewed “to the extent appropriate” as frequently as an IEP. However, it doesn’t specify how frequently such a plan has to be updated.

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