Goals: FUNCTIONAL GOALS/CURRICULUM VS ACADEMIC

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Sherry:  Our district only allows academic goals, not ‘functional or ADL goals’, even if they are called for. What does the law say, and where?

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Jill G

Sherry –

A similar question was asked on here recently. I’ve pasted part of my response to that, below.

I also want to add that your state special education regulations may provide you with additional support in this area. You can contact your local parent center for help finding this, as well as ideas on how to move forward and get the school to include functional info and goals in the IEP: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/.

Jill G

The purpose of IDEA is to ensure that children with disabilities are prepared for future education, employment, and independent living (IDEA regs – 34 CFR § 300.1).

When the school evaluations, they must gather relevant functional, developmental, and academic information about your child (§ 300.304).

When the Team develops the IEP, they must consider this same academic, developmental, and functional information (§ 300.324).

And the IEP must include a statement of your child’s current academic and functional performance, and measurable annual academic and functional goals (§ 300.320).