Stress Less this IEP Season:
Present Levels & Measurable Goals

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ISSN: 1538-320
March 6, 2012

girl with student notebookDo you know what part of the IEP describes your child's unique needs that result from his disability? Present Levels.

All IEPs must include Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance that describe what your child knows and is able to do (or not do).

Present Levels come from a number of different sources.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will learn the requirements for Present Levels in IEPs and how they are used to develop measurable goals to meet your child's unique needs and monitor his progress.

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Roadmap to IDEA 2004: What You Need to Know about IEPs

In IDEA 2004, Congress made key changes to IEPs in several areas, including:

  • content of the IEP
  • IEPs by agreement
  • review and revision of IEPs
  • transition
  • alternate means of participating in IEP meetings

To learn about the changes in the law read Roadmap to the IEP.


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Present Levels & Functional Goals in the IEP

Help! Our child's IEP team refused to include functional goals in the last IEP. What can I do?

Your child's IEP should describe what the school will provide based on your child's individual and unique needs. Do not assume that your child's IEP team is knowledgeable about the requirements for present levels and functional goals.

Read Present Levels of Functional Performance & Functional Goals in IEPs by Pat Howey, Paralegal and Advocate.


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SMART IEPs: The Parent as Watchdog

Parents need to think of their role as watchdogs. The IDEA ensures that parents have a say in all decisions that affect their child's education.

Your child's IEP must include:

  • "a statement of the child's present levels of academic achievement and functional performance ..."
  • "a statement of measurable annual goals, including academic and functional goals, designed to meet the child's needs that result from the child's disability..."

Read SMART IEPs: A Tactics and Strategy Session with Pete & Pam Wright.


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