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Circulation: 89,919
ISSN: 1538-320
October 2, 2012

boy excited about work at schoolIf your child's IEP does not include measurable academic and functional goals, the IEP is defective and open to a challenge that it denies your child a FAPE.

You need to know your child’s starting point – the Present Levels, so you can develop measurable goals.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn the requirements for Present Levels in IEPs and how they are used to develop SMART, measurable goals to meet your child's unique needs and monitor his progress.

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Present Levels & SMART Goals

All IEPs must include Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance that describe what your child knows and is able to do (or not do).

The IEP should:

  • tell you exactly what the school will do to address your child's needs
  • give you a way to know if the IEP is working

A SMART IEP will include a plan to meet all your child's unique needs.

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Are These Good IEP Goals?

If the goals on your child's IEP seem vague or make no sense, find out what you can do.

Advocate Sue Whitney offers a 3-step assignment for getting Appropriate Annual Goals.

 

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Is Your Child's IEP Individualized?

IEPs must be individualized to the unique needs of each child with a disability. Use the Checklist in Chapter 4 to find out if your child's IEP is individualized.

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Are There Legal Limits on IEP Goals?

The IEP team told us we can only have four IEP goals on our son's IEP.

Does IDEA set arbitrary limits on the number of IEP goals? Yes or no...?

 

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