Individualized Education Account Program

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Overview of the IEA Program

Top 5 Things to Consider before Applying for the IEA Program

IEA School District Liaisons

For additional support in reviewing all aspects of your Individualized Education Account Program options, contact the parent center in your region or local advocacy organization.

The Individual Education Act, adopted by the General Assembly in 2015 (Public Chapter 431), creates the Individualized Education Account Program and related accounts (IEAs) for eligible students with disabilities to use for educational purposes. The program provides options for parents and students to choose the education opportunities that best meet their own unique needs through access to public education funds.

For more detailed information about the program, please review the IEA Frequently Asked Questions, which will be updated periodically with additional questions and answers.

The first IEAs will be awarded in January 2017 after the development and adoption of implementation rules, policies, and procedures. Instructions for enrollment in the IEA program will be posted on this webpage in summer 2016.

For information about educational services and programs for students with special education needs, please visit the department’s Special Education webpage.

If you have questions about the IEA program, please contact IEA.Questions@tn.gov

Rules for the Individualized Education Account Program

On Jan. 29th, the State Board of Education (SBE) approved on final read the proposed Rules for the IEA Program. The rules will now move into the next stage of the rulemaking process and are expected to become effective this summer. The proposed rules are posted on the SBE web site.

Proposed IEA Program Procedures, Parent Handbook, and Provider Handbook

The public comment period for the handbooks and procedures that will be effective in the 2016-17 school year closed on March 11, 2016.

The department will review all the comments and will use the feedback to inform revisions to the procedures and the handbooks. The procedures and handbooks effective for the 2016-17 school year will be posted on the IEA webpage this summer once the IEA Program Rules are approved.

The department is committed to an ongoing review of the procedures and handbooks. You can submit feedback on the handbooks and procedures at any time by emailing your comments to IEA.Questions@tn.gov.

Note: The documents listed below are draft versions for public review. They are not final drafts and may not include all the information that will be in the final drafts. Highlighted content in the handbooks indicates content that will be added at a later date. For example, the information about how funds will be distributed to the IEA accounts will be added to the handbooks at a later date along with the information about the electronic portal that parents, students, and providers will use to submit all their documentation to the department.