Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills
you need to navigate the confusing world of special education. In this
issue, we look at IEPs and IDEA 2004.
Highlights: Take the IEP Quiz; answers to your questions about IEPs; game plan - how to write IEP goals & objectives; IEP tutorials & checklists; frequently asked questions about IEPs; Wrightslaw programs in AZ, NH, IL; IDEA 2004 - What's New; order free pub about IEPs.
of the Week: "Remember
that 'measurable' means you can count
it or observe it."
(To learn who said this and why, scroll down to the tutorials
about writing measurable IEP goals and objectives.)
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1. Take the IEP Quiz
next few weeks, The
Special Ed Advocate will focus on IEPs,
FAPE (free appropriate
public education), ESY
(extended school year), and advocacy strategies to negotiate for a
good program and resolve disputes.
2. Answers to Your Questions about IEPs
Many parents and teachers have questions about IEPs. In this issue, we answer questions about long-term planning, transition, and accountability.
school wants us to write a vision statement. Do you have advice about
how parents can make long-term plans?" Read
Planning & Your Child's IEP
3. Game Plan: How to Write IEP Goals & Objectives
I need good IEP goals and objectives!"
Mary writes, "Help! I need good IEP goals and objectives!"
teachers, school administrators - it seems that everyone is confused
about how to write measurable IEP goals and objectives. Why are
IEP goals and objectives so difficult? What makes the IEP process
4. IEP Tutorials: How to Write SMART IEPs
The IEP Tutorials (below) are memoranda from Dr. Nissan Bar-Lev to his special education staff. You can use these articles and checklists to help you write IEP goals or fine-tune your skills.
In How to Write Measurable Annual Goals, Dr. Bar-Lev writes, "Remember that 'measurable' means you can count it or observe it."
to Make Annual Goals Measurable: Examples, Dr.
Bar-Lev uses IEP goals from his staff, explains why the goals are not
clear or measurable, then walks you through the process of revising the
goals so they are SMART - specific, measurable, use action
words, are realistic, and time-limited.
5. IEP Checklists
Make several copies of these one-page checklists to share with your child's IEP team.
Present Levels of Performance Checklist
Annual Goals Checklist
Short Term Objectives and Benchmarks Checklist
Tip: When you make copies of these checklists,
bring more than your IEP team will need - leave extra copies for the next
6. Back to the Basics: Frequently Asked Questions About IEPs
If you are a new parent or a seasoned special ed veteran, you will learn something new in Frequently Asked Questions About IEPs. This article includes 14 Qs & As about IEP teams, placement, related services, and more.
is eligible - what happens next?
7. Coming Up! Wrightslaw Programs in Arizona, New Hampshire, Illinois
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Programs focus on four areas: special education laws including significant changes in IDEA 2004; how to use the bell curve to measure educational progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and advocacy tactics & strategies.
Glendale, AZ: April 1-2, 2005 (Boot Camp)
Manchester, NH: May 6-7, 2005
participants receive two books, Wrightslaw:
Special Education Law and Wrightslaw:
From Emotions to Advocacy, (Value: $59.90), and our new publication,
with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004: Overview, Explanation
and Comparison of IDEA 2004 & IDEA 97 by Peter Wright.
8. IDEA 2004: What's New?
will affect Spring IEP meetings, even though the law does not go into
effect until July 1, 2005. For a step-by-step review of changes in IDEA
2004, join an IDEA webcast on Thursday, April 14, 2005 at 1:00 PM
9. Free Pub: Guide to the IEP
The heart of your child's special education program is the Individualized Education Program (IEP). This publication will teach you how to write IEP goals that target problems and measure progress.
Guide to the Individualized Education Program from
the U. S. Department of Education teaches you how to write IEPs that
improve teaching, learning, and educational results. A
Guide to the IEP includes: IEP contents; IEP team members; writing
the IEP; placement decisions; implementing the IEP; revising and revising
the IEP; resolving disagreements; a sample IEP form; information and
resources; federal regulations and guidance for IEPs. Download
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