The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
May 6, 2002

Issue - 163

ISSN: 1538-3202

In this Issue

Help! Writing IEP Goals & Objectives

How Can I Get IEP Revised?

Long-term Planning & IEPs

Who is Responsible for Providing an Appropriate IEP?

Support for School Personnel and Parent Training in IEPs

From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide

Advocacy Training Schedule

News: IDEA 2002 Hearings in New York

Subscription & Contact Info




At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need to navigate the confusing world of special education. This issue of The Special Ed Advocate is part of a series about IEPs.

Highlights: How to write IEP goals & objectives; revising IEPs; long-term plans & your child's IEPs; who is responsible for providing an appropriate IEP; support for parents & teachers in the IEP; help in From Emotions to Advocacy; IDEA 2002 news; advocacy training schedule.

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1. Help! I Need Good IEP Goals and Objectives

Diane writes, "I need good IEP goals and objectives!"

"I know my son's IEP is inadequate - the only goal is 'Commitment to academic success.' I need to find good measurable IEP goals and objectives. Can you point me to a source or site that has a model of a well-written IEP?"

Mary writes, "Help! I need good IEP goals and objectives!"

"I am a special education graduate student. I need to get my hands on some good IEP goals and objectives - I do not have experience with this. Can you point me in the right direction?" 

From parents to teachers to school administrators - it seems like 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 so confusing? 

Read Help! Writing IEP Goals and Objectives, a Wrightslaw Game Plan:  


2. How Can I Get My Child's IEP Revised?

"My child isnít making progress under the current IEP. I asked that the IEP team meet to revise the IEP. I was told that I cannot ask that the IEP be changed because I signed agreement a few months ago. Is this true?"

What do you think? What do the law and regulations say about revising IEPs?

Read How Can I Get My Child's IEP Revised? at:


3. Long-Term Planning & Your Child's IEP

"The school wants us to write a vision statement. Do you have any advice about how parents can make long-term plans?"

"Our IEP team said our son can only have four goals in his IEP (he has 10 goals in his current IEP). Is this true? Is there a maximum number of IEP goals?" 

Read Long-term Planning & Your Child's IEP:


4. Who is Responsible for Providing an Appropriate IEP?

"My child has made little or no progress in special education. The school says I agreed to their IEPs so I cannot complain. Who is responsible for providing an appropriate education?"

What do you think? Is the school responsible for providing an appropriate education? Or, is the parent who signed the IEP responsible?"

Who is Responsible for Providing an Appropriate IEP?


5. Support for School Personnel and Parent Training in IEPs: Often Overlooked Keys to Success

Are you a teacher who needs more training in proven methods of teaching and learning? Are you a parent who needs training so you can help educate your child?

In Support for School Personnel and Parent Training in IEPs: Often Overlooked Keys to Success, parent attorney Susan Bardet describes how IEP teams can use the tools provided by IDEA, including support for school personnel and training for parents.


6. Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide

In Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide, we walk you though the IEP process. You learn:

• How to become an expert about your child’s disability and educational needs
• How to organize your child’s file
• How to use information from tests to understand your child’s disability
• How to use test scores to monitor and measure your child’s progress
• How to write SMART IEP goals and objectives

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy includes chapters about evaluations, how to organize your child's file, two chapters about how to use the bell curve to measure progress or lack of progress, and a chapter about SMART IEPs.

Short Table of Contents: https://www.wrightslaw.com/bks/feta/feta.toc.htm

Complete Table of Contents: https://www.wrightslaw.com/bks/feta/toc.pdf

"From Emotions to Advocacy is the best, practical, informative, empathetic book on the market. It's amazing and thrilling to be an advocate for 15 years, to read FETA, and feel the thrill of 'Oh, my God! that is so true', and to be able to sharpen my skills." Fran, New Hampshire

Learn more about Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy:


7. Wrightslaw Advocacy Training Schedule

Knowledge is power. When you have information and skills, you will be a more effective advocate for your child.

This month, we are driving coast-to-coast, doing advocacy training programs in Oklahoma City, Sacramento, and Chicago.

May 7: Advocacy Training in Oklahoma City.


May 11: Advocacy Training in Sacramento.


May 25-26: Advocacy Training at International Rett Syndrome Conference, Chicago, IL.


These full-day programs focus on four areas: special education law, rights and responsibilities; how to use the bell curve to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and how to use tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.

For more information about these events and programs that are scheduled over the next few months, please check our Seminars & Training page at https://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/index.htm

If you want to learn how you can bring Pete & Pam Wright to your community, read our FAQs about Advocacy Training Programs.

8. IDEA 2002 News: Reauthorization Hearing in New York

The President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education is holding hearings around the country about reauthorizing the IDEA. After these hearings, the Commission will submit a report to the President outlining its findings and recommendations.

On April 16, the Commission held hearings in Brooklyn, NY and received testimony about:

* Minority Over-identification and Misidentification
* Categorization: The Relationship Between Referrals, Categories, and Special Education Programs
* ADD and ADHD Identification
* Identification Practices and Education Teacher Training of Students with Severe Behavior Disorders

Attorney Dee Alpert attended the hearing and presented testimony. She provided her observations about the issues and dynamics in a report, writing that:

All in all, I would say they were pro-parent as a group. I was pleasantly surprised. They also asked rather intelligent, pointed questions of the experts . . ."

To read Ms. Alpert's report about the Reauthorization Hearing in New York, go to:


To learn more about the Reauthorization of IDEA, go to the IDEA 2002 Page at:


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