Why Is Writing Good IEP Goals So Difficult?

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Circulation: 94,695
ISSN: 1538-320
April 8, 2014

girl in front of blackboard with math problemsThousands of people write to us every year with questions about writing good IEP goals.
  • What makes the IEP process so confusing?
  • What makes writing IEP goals so difficult?
  • How are measurable goals defined?

Good IEPs have specific goals and objectives. They include clear descriptions of the knowledge and skills that will be taught and how your child’s progress will be measured.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you learn why and how to include objective measurement in IEPs. You will learn about writing goals that are clear and measurable - SMART IEP goals.

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Help! I Need Good IEP Goals

Without specific, measurable goals, you will not know if your child's special education services are sufficient and he is making acceptable progress.

In the Wrightslaw Game Plan: Writing SMART IEPs, you will learn how to identify your child's needs and write measurable IEP goals, as required by IDEA.

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Is There a Limit to the Number of IEP Goals?

When we met with the IEP team, we were told that our son can only have four IEP goals. Is this true? Is there a maximum number of IEP goals?

Wrong! Many school people who dispense advice have not read the law. If you don't learn how to find answers to questions, you'll continue to be dependent on school personnel for legal information and advice. What can you do about inaccurate advice?


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SMART IEPs have specific goals that target areas of academic achievement and functional performance. Chapter 12, p. 115.

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Who Can Override an IEP?

IDEA states that all decisions about a child’s special education program and placement are made by the IEP team. Period.

The law does not allow decisions to be made for “administrative  convenience.”


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