Dave: If a mild/moderate student with a specific learning disability in a gen. ed setting is several grade levels below his/her current grade in a specific content area, or more than one content area (math, Lang. Arts, etc), what grade level should the goals be at in the IEP? I have my own answer on this, but too often I hear each district employee claiming to be following their own state mandates and federal statues but they all seem to do things differently and even opposite from each other from one district to the next. What federal or state statue addresses this? What mandate are they basing this off of? I feel for the case managers (special ed teacher) on this when some new district person is hired and then tells them all to do things differently and bases it on the statement, “because we are going to start following the state and federal mandates.” Like they weren’t doing this already?