A Lesson in Writing IEP Goals

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ISSN: 1538-320
May 3, 2011

Don't rely on sample IEP goals! Learn how to write individualized goals that reflect your child’s needs.

Creating IEP goals can be a pleasure with a team that knows how to design a good educational program for your unique child. 

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will learn an important first step in developing your child’s IEP - writing good IEP goals. Educational Consultant Dr. Ruth Heitin explains how to design SMART, well-formed IEP goals based on good educational practice.

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New! A Lesson in Writing IEP Goals

When goals are measurable, parents and teachers know how much progress a child has made. With measurable goals, you will know when your child reaches the goal.

When you write instructional goals:

  • know what your child needs to learn & what action you want to see
  • know how to measure progress toward the goal
  • set a level of mastery to expect

In this new article, Writing IEP Goals by Ruth Heitin, you'll find out how.


Can I Use Academic Standards to Develop IEP Goals?

Your child's IEP should be based on information from current evaluations and your state's curriculum and standards.

Do you know (or know where to find) your state academic standards that describe what your child needs to know and be able to do in each grade?

Read this article, Your Child's IEP & Progress in the General Education Curriculum, from advocate Sue Whitney. You'll learn more about how to use state standards to develop your child's IEP.


Legal Requirements of IEPs

Let Pete & Pam Wright teach you about the Legal Requirements of IEPs.

In clear, no-nonsense language you will learn exactly what the law requires. Learn about:

  • Measurable academic and functional goals
  • How your child's progress will be measured, and when the school will provide you with periodic progress reports
  • Reviewing and revising IEPs... and much more

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Functional Performance & Goals in IEPs

You need to learn the legal requirements for present levels of functional performance and functional goals in IEPs.

Do not assume that your child's IEP team is knowledgeable about these requirements. Pat Howey, Indiana advocate and paralegal, tells you What You Need to Know About Functional Goals in IEPs.

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