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ARD/IEP Documents

Required IEP Documents

  1. Annual Goals and Objectives: Outlines specific short-term objectives and allows categories for documenting annual progress. Also allows for ARD committee to assign persons responsible and members’ comments.
  2. Autism/Visual Impairment Supplement: Allows committee to address needs specific to the characteristics of students with autism or visual impairments.
  3. Transition Supplement: Addresses post-secondary goals, related services, addiitonal transition-related areas such as community living, daily living skills, independent living and employment.
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  4. Extended School Year Services Form: Required if students are recommended extended school year services.
  5. Graduation Plans: Required for every student by the time they enter 9th grade. Addresses core areas, state requirements and additional prep courses that will move students toward post-secondary goals.
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  6. Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Form: Lists points to be discussed when addressing LRE.
  7. Modifications Form: Lists examples of instructional modifications and supports determined by the ARD committee.
  8. Participation in Statewide Assessment Form: Determines what assessments the student will need to take.
  9. Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance Form (PLAAFPS) : Outlines the present level of academic and non-academic competencies.
  10. Removal from General Education Form : Discusses justifications and ramifications of removing a student from the general education environment.
  11. Services Form: Lists related services and persons/agencies responsible and length of time required.
  12. Signature Page: Should be signed at the end of the ARD meeting by all attending parties . Each member also indicates whetehr they agree or disagree with the committee’s decisions on the student’s educational plan.
  13. Examples of complete ARD/IEP packets:
    1. Example 1
    2. Example 2
    3. Example 3

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Student-Led IEPs

Student-Created PowerPoint : Example of a presentation created by a student to summarize goals, needs and personal characteristics. Aids the ARD committee to make appropriate decisions based on student’s current needs and interests.

Template: Outlining what students need to present to transition ARD committees.

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Supplemental Tools useful to fulfill ARD Agenda Mandates

  1. General Eligibility Form: This flowchart outlines the determination of eligibility process for the student. Please check Texas Eligibility guidelines for the specific requirements:
  2. Determination of Least Restrictive Environment: Guidance for determining appropriate educational environments.
  3. Progress Form: Can be used by all reporting teachers to maintain records and share with ARD committee to report on IEP progress.
  4. Parent Interview: A parent interview is conducted prior to the ARD meeting and helps a special education teacher determine several important factors about the student that may be pertinent knowledge for the ARD committee.
    1. Example 1
    2. Example 2 – Transition Planning Parenting Toolkit

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Forms CTE teachers can bring to the ARD/IEP meeting to educate the committee about their program:

  1. Program Inventory: Using a program inventory CTE teachers can inform the ARD committee about the tools, instructional methods and evaluation strategies used in their course.
  2. Basic Skills Inventory: CTE teachers can use this form to list the basic skills necessary for students to succeed in their classes. Additional Reference for Determining Basic Skills.
  3. Comprehensive Skills Inventory: This inventory enables CTE teachers to establish the skills that they would like their students to acquire at the end of their course.
  4. Progress Form
  5. Example of a PowerPoint presentation describing your program
  6. Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance
  7. Updated/Proposed IEP Form: Can be used by CTE teachers to update IEP goals and objectives or propose new objectives based on the student’s performance in their classroom.

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Additional Resources

  1. A Guide to the Admission, Review and Dismissal Process –
  2. ARD Meetings – Federal and State Regulations –

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Parent/Guardian Resources

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