IEP Present Levels - Needs - Goals
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ISSN: 1538-320
April 16, 2019

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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 Roberts, Endrew F. v. Douglas County Schools, 2017.image of mom and daughter completing homework

How can you know where you’re going, if you don’t know where you started?

Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance are where a SMART IEP begins.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn the requirements for Present Levels in IEPs. Find out how to use Present Levels to:

  • develop measurable goals
  • meet your child's unique needs
  • get an appropriate program and placement

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Present Levels: The Foundation of the IEP

If 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.

Until your child's Present Levels are up to date, you will never be able to get the program, placement, or education your child needs.

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Present Levels Checklist

Parents must learn how to design accurate and up-to-date Present Levels. Download and complete this checklist!

Learn why parent input is so important during this part of developing the IEP.

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IDEA 2004: Requirement for Present Levels

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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)

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Back to School on Present Levels

Don't put the cart before the horse! If you try to begin with "good" goals, the goals won’t relate to your child's unique needs.

You will be able to see your child's needs clearly and know what the school should provide, if the present levels are:

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

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