has released version 5.0 of their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Online software for K-12 Special Education administration. Version 5.0 is now a turnkey, Web-based education administrative support system that can be easily customized for school districts nationwide, according to Robert Strickland, chief executive officer of Xperts.
To use it, an educator needs a networked computer and a Web browser to access the IEP database to create or update a special education student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP). IEP Online 5.0 lets other authorized users such as school administrators, counselors, occupational therapists and parents access the database at any hour from any location via the school’s Intranet or through the Internet. It’s up to each school system whether access will be granted outside the school network, but the technology makes the access possible.
Version 5.0 of IEP Online is currently being used system-wide in the Henrico County, Virginia School District and is in a pilot phase in the Richmond, Virginia School System. Both are school systems with extensive iBook programs. (In fact, IEP Online is the result of Xperts’ product development team’s efforts in partnership with the Henrico County School District.)
IEP Online handles the entire special education process, including student demographics, child study, eligibility, IEP processing, 504 documentation and caseload management. The product is simple to install and upgrade, can interface with any student information system (SIS) to extract appropriate data and with four levels of security embedded in the product, parents, students, teachers and administrators are all assured of appropriate privacy protection and security of confidential information.
School systems using Xperts’ IEP Online have a “lifetime license” to use the software as long as they pay for its maintenance and upgrades. According to Xperts, school systems realize a faster return on investment as a result.