IEP Facts: SMART Goals and IEPs

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ISSN: 1538-320
March 31, 2015

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two students at desks in schoolWhere do you want your child to go? How do you get there? Look at your child's IEP.

Do you see goals like this: "Evan will improve in reading...increase study skills for academic success...demonstrate better writing...?"

Not good enough! Your child needs a SMART IEP that is:

S Specific
M Measurable
A Use Action Words
R Realistic and relevant
T Time-limited

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will get a game plan for writing SMART IEPs. You'll learn where to start, how to write measurable goals, and how to develop an IEP that will address your child's needs.

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Present Levels: Where a SMART IEP Begins

To develop a SMART IEP, begin with your child's Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance.

Until the Present Levels in your child's IEP are up to date, you will never be able to get the program, placement, or education your child needs. Read Present Levels: The Foundation of the IEP


SMART goals

Game Plan: Getting to SMART!

Your Game Plan includes three elements. To get the services your child needs you need to:

  • learn about test scores
  • write SMART IEPs
  • use effective advocacy strategies

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Read and reread Chapter 12 until you understand these concepts. Complete the homework assignments that will teach you how to write SMART goals.


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