On February 21, 2013, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), Bureau of Special Education (BSE), issued a memo to Directors of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services regarding updates to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) forms and manual. Those updates are available on the CSDE, BSE Web site (http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2626&q=322680). All IEP vendors were provided with updated forms in January and the final manual changes in February in preparation for this change.
The revised IEP must be in use as of March 1, 2013. Changes have been made to pages 1, 2, 10 and 12 of the IEP with explanation set forth on the corresponding pages of the Manual. There is also additional information in the Manual on pages 10 (regarding page 6 of the IEP) and 28 (for page 11 of the IEP). Finally, the sections of the Manual that relate to data collection for children ages 3-5 (i.e., IEP pages 2, 12 and the Manual Addendum) have been updated to align with the instructions in the most recent SEDAC Manual.
The Language and Communication Plan (ED638), which has been a required worksheet since July 1, 2012, for students identified as deaf or hard of hearing, is now in the IEP Manual as well as on the SDE Forms Chart on our Web site. In addition, revised copies of the following forms have also been included: Notice of Planning and Placement Team Meeting (ED623 – updated 4/2011) and the Summary of Performance (ED635 – updated 9/2011).
Please note that to assist you in navigating these revised documents, the sections of the Manual that have been added or changed are highlighted within the document. A highlighted version of the IEP is also available above the SDE Forms Chart on our Web site.
If you still have questions after a thorough review of the IEP revisions and the explanations set forth in the Manual, please contact either Patricia Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org, Colleen Hayles at email@example.com (regarding the Language and Communication Plan) or Gail Mangs at 860-713-6938/ firstname.lastname@example.org.