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Education: Child's Right to a Personalized Education Plan

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Quick Facts



All children in North Carolina have a Constitutional right to a sound basic education.

  • North Carolina law entitles all students performing below grade level to a Personalized Education Plan (PEP) (See N.C. Gen. Stat. § 115C-105.41 and Regulation 16 N.C.A.C. 6D.0505). 
  • A PEP includes:
    • Diagnostic Evaluation: Testing to see what difficulties your child may have, in order to learn what approaches will best help the student.
    • Intervention Strategies:
  1. Alternative learning models;
  2. Smaller classes;
  3. Tutorial sessions;
  4. Modified instructional programs;
  5. Parental involvement;
  6. Must be researched-based/ best practices that meet the needs of students.
  • Monitoring Strategies: Parents and teachers make sure that a student’s PEP is actually working.

The above resources, including transportation, are to be made available to students free of charge!

Students who are at risk for academic failure or performing below grade level by scoring a 1 or 2 on their year-end EOG’S or EOC’S are entitled to a PEP.

If your child scored a 1 or 2, you can get a PEP by sending a letter to your child’s principal.

All children can succeed. PEP’S help children get the education they need and deserve! 


 See Quick Facts Education: Basic Special Education Process Under IDEA for more information.




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Last Review and Update: Jun 26, 2012