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72-3429.Individualized education program or family service plan; contents; development; duties of IEP team; IEP meetings; postsecondary goals; transfer of child during school year. (a) (1) Except as specified in provision (2), at the beginning of each school year, each agency shall have an individualized education program in effect for each exceptional child.

(2) (A) In the case of a child with a disability aged three through five and for two year-old children with a disability who will turn age three during the school year, an individualized family service plan that contains the material described in 20 U.S.C. § 1436, and that is developed in accordance with this section, may serve as the IEP of the child if using that plan as the IEP is agreed to by the agency and the child's parents.

(B) In conducting the initial IEP meeting for a child who was previously served under part C of the federal law, an agency, at the request of the parent, shall send an invitation to attend the IEP meeting to the part C services coordinator or other representatives of the part C system to assist with the smooth transition of services.

(b) (1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, each IEP of an exceptional child and any amendment or modification of an IEP shall be made by the child's IEP team. Upon agreement of the parent and the agency, an IEP team can meet in person or by alternative means, including telephone conference calls and video conferences.

(2) A member of a child's IEP team shall not be required to attend an IEP meeting, if the parent of the child and the agency agree that the attendance of such IEP member is not necessary because the IEP member's area of curriculum or related service is not to be discussed or modified at the meeting. The parent's agreement shall be in writing.

(3) A member of a child's IEP team may be excused from attending an IEP meeting when the meeting is to involve a discussion of, and possibly a modification to, the IEP member's area of the curriculum or related service, if:

(A) The parent and the agency consent to the excusal;

(B) the IEP member submits, in writing to the parent and the IEP team, input into the development of the IEP prior to the meeting; and

(C) the parent's consent to the excusal is in writing.

(4) (A) After the annual IEP meeting for a school year, the parent of an exceptional child and an appropriate representative of the agency providing services to the child may agree to develop a written document amending or modifying the child's current IEP, without convening an IEP meeting.

(B) If the parent and agency representative develop a written document amending or modifying a child's current IEP, the document shall be dated and signed by the parent and the agency representative. The parent and the agency shall be provided a copy of the document.

(c) The IEP for each exceptional child shall include:

(1) A statement of the child's present levels of academic achievement and functional performance, including: (A) How the child's disability or giftedness affects the child's involvement and progress in the general education curriculum; (B) for preschool children, as appropriate, how the disability affects the child's participation in appropriate activities; and (C) for those children with disabilities who take alternate assessments aligned to alternate achievement standards, a description of benchmarks or short-term objections;

(2) a statement of measurable annual goals, including academic and functional goals designed to: (A) Meet the child's needs that result from the child's disability or giftedness, to enable the child to be involved in and make progress in the general education or advanced curriculum; and (B) meet each of the child's other educational needs that result from the child's disability or giftedness;

(3) a description of how the child's progress toward meeting the annual goals will be measured and when periodic reports on the progress the child is making toward meeting the annual goals will be provided, such as through the use of quarterly or other periodic reports issued concurrently with general education report cards;

(4) a statement of the special education and related services and supplementary aids, based on peer-reviewed research to the extent practicable, and services to be provided to the child, or on behalf of the child, and a statement of the program modifications or supports for school personnel that will be provided for the child: (A) To advance appropriately toward attaining the annual goals; (B) to be involved in and make progress in the general education curriculum in accordance with provision (1) and to participate in extracurricular and other nonacademic activities; and (C) to be educated and participate with other exceptional and nonexceptional children in the activities described in this paragraph;

(5) an explanation of the extent, if any, to which the child will not participate with nonexceptional children in the regular class and in the activities described in provision (4);

(6) (A) a statement of any individual appropriate accommodations that are necessary to measure the academic achievement and functional performance of the child on state and district-wide assessments; and (B) if the IEP team determines that the child shall take an alternate assessment on a particular state or district-wide assessment of student achievement or part of such an assessment, a statement of why the child cannot participate in the regular assessment and why the particular alternate assessment selected is appropriate for the child;

(7) the projected date for the beginning of the services and modifications described in provision (4), and the anticipated frequency, location, and duration of those services and modifications;

(8) (A) beginning at age 14, and updated annually, thereafter: (A) Appropriate measurable postsecondary goals based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment and where appropriate, independent living skills; and (B) the transition services, including appropriate courses of study, needed to assist the child in reaching the stated postsecondary goals; and (C) beginning at age 16, or younger, if determined appropriate by the IEP team, a statement of needed transition services for the child, including, when appropriate, a statement of the interagency responsibilities or any needed linkages; and

(9) beginning at least one year before the child reaches the age of majority under state law, a statement that the child has been informed of the child's rights, if any, that will transfer to the child on reaching the age of majority as provided in K.S.A. 2017 Supp. 72-3431, and amendments thereto.

Nothing in this section shall be construed to require: (1) That additional information be included in a child's IEP beyond that which is specifically required by this section; and (2) that an IEP team include information under one component of a child's IEP that is already contained under another component of the IEP.

(d) In developing each child's IEP, the IEP team shall consider:

(1) The strengths of the child and the concerns of the parents for enhancing the education of their child;

(2) the results of the initial evaluation or most recent evaluation of the child;

(3) the academic, developmental and functional needs of the child;

(4) in the case of a child whose behavior impedes the child's learning or that of others, the use of positive behavioral interventions and supports and other strategies to address that behavior;

(5) in the case of a child with limited English proficiency, the language needs of the child as such needs relate to the child's IEP;

(6) in the case of a child who is blind or visually impaired, provide for instruction in Braille and the use of Braille unless the IEP team determines, after an evaluation of the child's reading and writing skills, needs, and appropriate reading and writing media, including an evaluation of the child's future needs for instruction in Braille or the use of Braille, that instruction in Braille or the use of Braille is not appropriate for the child;

(7) the communication needs of the child, and in the case of a child who is deaf or hard of hearing, consider the child's language and communication needs, opportunities for direct communications with peers and professional personnel in the child's language and communication mode, academic level, and full range of needs, including opportunities for direct instruction in the child's language and communication mode; and

(8) whether the child requires assistive technology devices and services.

(e) The regular education teacher of the child, as a member of the IEP team, to the extent appropriate, shall participate in:

(1) The development of the IEP of the child, including the determination of appropriate positive behavioral interventions supports, and other strategies and the determination of supplementary aids and services, program modifications, and support for school personnel consistent with this section; and

(2) except as provided in this section, the review and revision of the child's IEP.

(f) Each agency shall ensure that the IEP team:

(1) Reviews the child's IEP periodically, but not less than annually to determine whether the annual goals for the child are being achieved; and

(2) revises the IEP, as appropriate, to address: (A) Any lack of expected progress toward the annual goals and in the general education curriculum, where appropriate; (B) the results of any reevaluation conducted under this section; (C) information about the child provided by the parents; (D) the child's anticipated needs; or (E) other matters.

(g) (1) If an exceptional child with a current IEP transfers from one Kansas school district to another during the academic year, the new school district, in consultation with the child's parent, shall provide the child a FAPE, including services comparable to those described in the transferred IEP, until the new school district either adopts the transferred IEP, or develops and implements a new IEP for the child.

(2) If during the academic year, an exceptional child who has a current IEP transfers from a school district in another state to a Kansas school district, the Kansas school district, in consultation with the child's parent, shall provide the child a FAPE, including services comparable to those described in the transferred IEP, until the Kansas school district either adopts the transferred IEP, or conducts an evaluation of the child, if deemed necessary, and develops and implements a new IEP for the child.

History: L. 1999, ch. 116, § 12; L. 2005, ch. 171, § 14; July 1.



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