Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Dave:  If a mild/moderate student with a specific learning disability in a gen. ed setting is several grade levels below his/her current grade in a specific content area, or more than one content area (math, Lang. Arts, etc), what grade level should the goals be at in the IEP? I have my own answer on this, but too often I hear each district employee claiming to be following their own state mandates and federal statues but they all seem to do things differently and even opposite from each other from one district to the next. What federal or state statue addresses this? What mandate are they basing this off of? I feel for the case managers (special ed teacher) on this when some new district person is hired and then tells them all to do things differently and bases it on the statement, “because we are going to start following the state and federal mandates.” Like they weren’t doing this already?

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
04/30/2019 10:29 pm

Goals must be at the grade level in which the student is enrolled. See U.S. Dept of Ed guidance here. https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2015/11/17/feds-ieps-grade-level/20972/

08/07/2018 1:54 am

Hello my son is in 11th grade on an IEP, was tested late in the fall last year . He had been struggling with his work since he was in elementary, anyway he wants to play football, his school is not allowing him because he does not meet their standards of a 2,0 grade point average. He started on the IEP late last year, is still struggling, barely passed English during summer school. I believe his grade point average is around 1.3-1.5 .
Please help! Where or who can I go to ..to help me out with my son? ADHD , LD and IEP student 11 th grade .

Thank you

08/08/2018 1:39 pm
Reply to  Melida

Your state parent training and information project can provide you information on your options. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center

08/10/2016 3:39 pm

Dave, The US Dept of Ed published specific guidance on this question in 2015. IEP goals should be be aligned with the state’s academic content standards for the child’s grade.

When developing IEP goals, the “IEP Team may consider the special education instruction that has been provided to the child, the child’s rate of academic growth, and whether the child is on track to achieve grade-level proficiency within the year.”

If “a child is performing significantly below the grade in which the child is enrolled, the IEP Team should determine annual goals that are ambitious but achievable … goals need not necessarily result in the child’s reaching grade-level within the year covered by the IEP, but the goals should be sufficiently ambitious to help close the gap.”

Link to this guidance publication: http://www.wrightslaw.com/law/osers/fape.acad.content.close.gap.1117.2015.pdf

04/30/2021 11:59 am
Reply to  Wrightslaw

When the student is significantly below grade level and we want the student to be in the general education setting as much as possible, how do we teach in the inclusion context? For example, a 6-7th grade student is struggling with multiplication and division facts and concepts and we are teaching algebra. How do we make sure we provide the specially designed instruction in the context of/during the course of the general education lesson?

05/03/2021 12:36 pm
Reply to  K H

K H This situation is why IDEA rules say that the IEP is to include “supports for school staff that will be provided to enable the child To advance appropriately toward attaining the annual goals” 300.320(a)(4) Too many schools do a disservice to staff, & students by failing to provide the resources to do this.