Excerpt from The Wrightslaw Way: (click for entire article)
The answer to your question about an IEP v. a 504 Plan depends on which law governs your child’s eligibility.
If the school team determined that your child is eligible for special education and related services under the IDEA, the school must develop an IEP that meets her unique needs and provides educational benefit.
If the school determined that your daughter has a disability but doesn’t “need” special education and related services, she may be eligible for a 504 Plan under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, not an IEP.
What information, evaluations, etc. did the team use to determine your daughter was eligible for special education?
Did this data show your daughter’s disability adversely affects her educational performance?