June 10, 2021

This change is important and will impact ALL special education teachers and IEP teams:


ACHIEVE is the new web-based IEP system that will be released this fall, November of 2021. The ACHIEVE System will be customizable and enable us to better manage the significant components of special education/early learning in the state of Iowa, including Individual Education Programs (IEPs) and Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs). 


The current Iowa IDEA web IEP system (www.iowaidea.org) will be used until ACHIEVE is launched. Statewide professional learning content has been developed in preparation for the launch of this system. 


The ACHIEVE Iowa IDEA website will be your source for state-wide updates of the system. 


IDEA Web-Based training for new Special Education Teachers

Training on the current system for new special education teachers will be provided on August 18th, 1:00 - 3:30 and August 19th, 9:00 - 11:30 via zoom. Here is the link for the training flyer, IDEA Web IEP Training

ACHIEVE Professional Learning

NWAEA will provide professional learning opportunities for the ACHIEVE system. State-wide professional learning content has been developed and will be delivered by AEA professional learning leads. Professional learning for ACHIEVE is divided into eight content areas: Early ACCESS/Early Childhood, Early Childhood Technical Assistance, Preschool, Evaluation/Child Find, Social-Emotional Behavior, IEP Development, Secondary Transition, and Technical Training. While specific professional learning modules are required for selected educators as determined by the Iowa Department of Education, all ACHIEVE professional learning opportunities are open to AEA and LEA staff who would like to learn more. 


Please review the ACHIEVE Professional Learning Schedule linked here and register for professional learning by completing this form at least 5-days prior to the training. 


We appreciate your patience and support as we navigate these two web-based systems. Please share this information with your special education teachers and help them sign up for upcoming required training. We will send out more communication and reminders in the near future.    


If you have questions, please contact Faye Van Roekel, fvanroekel@nwaea.org.

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