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Developing Your Child's IEP
Present Levels, Goals & Services, Accommodations

Question 2.

Where does the IEP team get the information for Present Levels?

Answer

Present levels of academic achievement and functional performance are based on data from objective assessments.

The IEP team must collect baseline data that describes your child's present levels of performance and serves as the starting point for developing goals. The team uses this data to write measurable IEP goals that will allow you and the school to monitor your child's progress.

Other sources of information my be informal assessments and observations by parents and teachers.

If your child has earlier IEPs, his progress toward goals in the prior IEPs should be reviewed.

Parent input for the present levels is essential. As a parent, you observe your child and have important information about his strengths and needs. You know how your child functions at home, in the community, when doing homework, at work, and in the real world.

Your child's teachers and related service providers collect data about how your child functions in school settings.

Legal Resource

Wrightslaw: All About IEPs Chapter 4 - Present Levels, Measurable Goals, Services

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition

IDEA

20 U.S.C.§ 1414(d)(1)(A)(i)(I)

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, p. 99, footnote 74-75

Appendix A, Question #1

Commentary in 71 F at 46661

IDEA Regulations

34 C.F.R. §300.320(a)(1)

Additional Resources

Wrightslaw Game Plan: Writing SMART IEPs

How to Determine Measurable IEP Goals

Present Levels and Measurable Goals

Present Levels: The Foundation of the IEP

Is Your PLOP a FLOP?

Present Levels of Functional Performance and Functional Goals in IEPs

State Special Education Regulations and Guidelines. You will find your specific state regulations at your State Department of Education website. Use the Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities to locate your state site.

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