Summer School Session 4: All Goals Need Present Levels

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ISSN: 1538-320
August 29, 2017

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The IEP is not a form document. It is constructed only after careful consideration of the child’s present levels of achievement, disability, and potential for growth.

- Chief Justice John Roberts, U.S. Supreme Court decision, Endrew F. v. Douglas County Schools, March 22, 2017.

Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance require objective data from assessments.

You will be able to:

  • see your child's needs clearly
  • know what the school should provide

if the Present Levels are:

  • accurate
  • current
  • comprehensive
  • based on objective test data

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn how Present Levels are used to develop SMART Goals in the IEP to meet your child's unique needs and to get an appropriate program and placement.

We hope you will forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.


How Far, By When?

Before writing IEP goals for your child, you need to know what your child knows and is able to do now.

What is the measurable starting point for his knowledge or skill leve - based on data from objective tests such as educational achievement tests?

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Evaluations: Include Tests Scores in the Present Levels of the IEP

If your child has reading problems, the IEP should include reading subtest scores.

If your child has problems in math calculation, the IEP should include the math calculation subtest scores. Learn how to understand what these scores mean.


All Goals Need Present Levels

Want good IEP goals? All goals need present levels so that we know where we are starting. Broad goal statements are not enough!

Review these How-To Tips for using present levels to get SMART goals!


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