What's So Important About
Present Levels in the IEP?

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ISSN: 1538-320
April 2, 2013

school boy with stack of booksIf your child's IEP fails to include accurate information about Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance, the IEP is defective. It has no foundation.

Schools say they don't need to include Functional Performance Levels because they aren't related to academics. Not so!

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will learn the requirements for Present Levels in IEPs. Find out how Present Levels are used to develop measurable goals to meet your child's unique needs and to get an appropriate program and placement.

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Present Levels - Needs - Goals. What's So Important about this Relationship?

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.

New Article! In Present Levels: The Foundation of the IEP, Indiana Advocate Pat Howey explains why parent input is so important during the IEP Team's assessment of your child's present levels of performance.

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Is Your PLOP a Flop?

If the present levels are accurate, current, comprehensive, and based on objective test data, you will be able to see your child's needs clearly and know what the school should provide.

You will be able to write measurable goals that will address her needs. Make sure your PLOP is not a FLOP.

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Present Levels are the Most Critical Part of the IEP

Under IDEA 2004, the IEP must include "a statement of the child's present levels of academic achievement and functional performance ..."

20 U.S.C. Sect. 1414 (d) (1) (A) (i). Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition p. 99. Learn what the law requires. Order your copy today!

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Present Levels & Appropriate Placement

You must have an appropriate IEP before you can get an appropriate placement.

The Present Levels in the IEP guarantee you're on the right track to get the special instruction, related services, modifications, adaptations, accommodations, assistive technology, or other services your child needs.


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