IFSP/IEP Comparison Chart

 

Adapted from The Early Childhood Transition Process
Louisianna Department of Education
Early Childhood Programs
Special Populations Division

 

IFSP/IEP comparison chart

ISFP - Individualized Family Service Plan IDEA, Part C

IEP - Individualized Education Program IDEA, Part B Section 619

Target Population
For children and their families from birth through age 2; can be used for children aged 3 to 5 if allowed for by state policy and if state develops policy for extending Part C to children over the age of 3

Target Population
For children ages 3 through 5

Focus
Providing early intervention to meet the unique needs of the child and family

Focus
Providing the services and supports to meet the child’s needs in the educational setting

Eligibility
Based on an evaluation for children birth through age 2

Eligibility
Based on an evaluation for children ages 3-5
Development of Plan
Developed annually by IFSP team, which includes the family, and is based upon the evaluation and the needs of the child and family
Development of Plan
By IEP team and includes the strengths of the child, concerns of the parents for enhancing the education of their child, the results of the initial or most recent evaluation of the child, and the academic, developmental and functional needs of the child

Review of Plan
Reviewed every six months

Review of Plan
Reviewed periodically, but not less than annually

Statement of Performance
Contains information about the child's present levels of motor, cognitive, communication, social/emotional, and adaptive (self-help skills) development
Statement of Performance
Contains information about the child's present level of academic achievement and functional performance, including for preschool children, as appropriate, how the disability affects the child's participation in appropriate activities

Services
Provided in the natural environment, which means providing services in a setting where the child would be if he or she did not have a disability

Services
Provided, to the maximum extent appropriate educated, with children who are nondisabled in public or private institutions or other care facilities
Outcomes and Activities
Developed to address the needs of the child and family
Goals and Objectives
A statement of measurable annual goals, including academic and functional goals designed to meet the child’s needs that result from the child’s disability, to enable the child to be involved in and make progress in the general education curriculum, and meet each of the child’s other education needs that result from the child’s disability

Resources
Description listing needed services – What, Who, Where, How, and When
Resources
Description indicating special education, related services, supplemental aids and services, modifications and supports based on peer-reviewed research, to the extent practical, to be provided to the child