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ISSN: 1538-320
April 23, 2019

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image of young girl writing in schoolYou can help your child get and stay on the right path by designing a SMART IEP with SMART goals.

IEP goals cannot be broad statements about what a child will accomplish in a year. If goals are not measurable, the IEP does not pass muster.

Don't rely on sample IEP goals! Learn how to write individualized goals that reflect your child’s needs.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will find out how to develop SMART, measurable goals to meet your child's unique needs and monitor her progress.

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

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Are These Good Annual Goals?

Do the goals on your child's IEP seem vague or make no sense? Do the goals include a plan to improve your child's skills up to grade level?

Get a 3-step assignment for getting appropriate annual goals.

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Learn about SMART IEPs

The term SMART IEPs describes IEPs that are specific, measurable, use action words, are realistic and relevant, and time-limited.

S Specific
M Measurable
A Use Action Words
R Realistic and relevant
T Time-limited

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SMART Goals: Using Objective Data

How do you write SMART goals and objectives?

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What about Functional Goals?

You need to learn the legal requirements for present levels of functional performance and functional goals in IEPs.

Do not assume that your child's IEP team is knowledgeable about these requirements. Pat Howey, Indiana advocate, explains what you need to know.

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