Under IDEA 2004, the IEP must include "a statement of the child's present levels of academic achievement and functional performance ..." .
The Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance are objective data that describe what your child knows and is able to do. They describe your child's strengths, challenges, and needs. The present levels include baseline data.
Sometimes Present Levels are referred to as the PLAAFP.
Some people refer to the Present Levels as the PLOP (Present Levels of Performance) or the PLEP (Present Levels of Educational Performance). However, IDEA 2004 requires that the IEP include a statement of present levels of academic achievement and functional performance.
The term "performance" describes what your child can do.
The Present Levels describe your child's unique needs that result from his disability. The Present Levels are the foundation for everything else in the IEP.
Present Levels of academic achievement include subjects like reading, math, and spelling.
Present Levels of functional performance include non-academic and functional areas like communication, fine motor skills, behavior and social skills, and daily life activities.