IEP/504 Plans

Special Needs

Federal law requires school districts to develop and carry out Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 Plans for students who reside in their districts. Students who enroll at North Dakota Center for Distance Education (NDCDE), either individually or via their home school district, are required to provide information to NDCDE that includes assignments of IEPs and 504 Plans.

NDCDE applies two methods to assure students assigned IEPs and 504 Plans are identified:

  1. NDCDE’s enrollment form asks the enrollee (student, parent or school personnel) to indicate the applicable Plan(s).
  2. NDCDE’s teachers conduct an initial assessment of each student assigned to them. The initial assessment identifies many factors that impact student learning, including IEPs and 504 Plans.

Once identified, NDCDE’s administrative staff is assigned to acquire documented details of a student’s Plan(s). Once obtained, the information is provided to the assigned instructor. Based on the information provided, NDCDE instructors determine how the accommodations and/or modifications assigned to the student can be supported within NDCDE’s digital environment. The determinations are shared with the student, and as appropriate and applicable, with the education professional assigned to the IEP or 504 Plan(s). NDCDE instructors are given the authority to communicate directly with the assigned professionals for ongoing consultation.

For further information, please contact our Director of Guidance and Counseling at 701-630-1885 or

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