Can My Child be Punished for Not Meeting Her IEP Goals?

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Circulation: 92,423
ISSN: 1538-320
October 29, 2013

school girl tired and frustratedYou need to learn what the law requires IEP teams to do when -

  • your child is not meeting her IEP goals or making progress in the general curriculum
  • your child has a disability and behavior problems
  • your child wants to participate in sports, after-school programs, and school clubs
  • your child needs individualized, measurable goals

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn what IDEA says about IEP goals. Find out how to develop SMART, measurable goals to meet your child's unique needs and monitor her progress.

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Can a Child be Punished for Not Meeting IEP Goals?

The purpose of your child's IEP is to design a program of specialized instruction to help her progress and reach her individualized goals.

With appropriate instruction, your child should reasonably be able to achieve his goals, rather than be punished if he does not.


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Are These Good IEP Goals?

Do the goals on your child's IEP seem vague or make no sense? Do the goals include a plan to improve your child's skills up to grade level?

Get a 3-step assignment for getting Appropriate Annual Goals.


Wrightslaw: All About IEPs

Can My Child's IEP Include Sports and Clubs?

When IDEA was reauthorized in 2004, Congress amended the law to ensure that children with disabilities could participate in extracurricular activities and other nonacademic activities and after-school programs.

DOE Guidance on Legal Obligations for Extracurricular Activities

See Extracurricular and Nonacademic Activities in the IEP in Chapter 5, Wrightslaw: All About IEPs.


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SMART IEPs for Behavior Problems

The SMART process is the same for any goal - academic or behavioral. You need to gather baseline data to clearly define the target behavior.

SMART IEPs include "R" realistic and "M" measurable Goals. Learn How to Develop SMART IEP Goals for Behavior Problems.


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