IEP Facts
Why Is Writing Good IEP Goals So Difficult?

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ISSN: 1538-320
April 7, 2015

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school girl with notebooksThousands of people - parents and teachers - write to us every year with questions about how to write IEPs. Why is writing IEPs so difficult? What makes the IEP process so confusing?

Last week, you may have been surprised to learn that writing SMART IEPs is not very difficul. IEPs should:

  • include a plan to meet all of your child's unique needs
  • tell you exactly what the school will do to address your child’s needs.
  • give you a way to know if the IEP (educational plan) is working

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you learn that 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.

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Are These Good IEP Goals?

If the goals on your child's IEP seem vague or make no sense, find out what you can do.

Advocate Sue Whitney offers a 3-step assignment for getting Appropriate Annual Goals.


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Requirements for IEPs

Q: What can you do if the school wants to measure progress by "teacher observations" or "teacher made tests," not objective tests of academic achievement and functional performance?

A: Read an interview with Pete and Pam Wright, SMART IEPs: A Tactics and Strategy Session. You will learn more about...

  • your parent role
  • getting SMART goals in your child's IEP
  • requirements for measurable academic and functional goals
  • measuring progress
  • accommodations and modifications

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SMART IEPs for Behavior Problems

The SMART process is the same for any goal - academic or behaviora. You need to clearly define the target behavior. The school needs to gather baseline data on the behavior before developing specific measurable goals.

Read How Can I Develop SMART IEP Goals for Behavior Problems?


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