Understanding IEP Goals
are the specific details in your child's plan that describe what they should accomplish during the school year.
does not dictate what should be addressed in the IEP, the details are up to the team. This gives the IEP team great flexibility to develop what is appropriate for each child.
The first component in developing goals is to determine your child’s current level of performance. This is written in the IEP by the
special education teacher or caseworker
and explains how your child is currently functioning with regards to academics and social behavior. The plan should state the expectations for your child’s performance as well as what support or service they will receive. It should also address specific academic subjects or social, behavioral or emotional issues.
Normally, the child’s classroom teacher is responsible for implementing the IEP. Specialists can also be held accountable. These include speech therapists, occupational or physical therapists, school counselors, psychologists, resource specialists or special day teachers.
Benchmarks are normally written for a one year time period. IDEA requires that IEP goals be measurable. The IEP must describe how your child’s progress will be measured. It can be assessed through objective tests, observations, work samples, grades and test scores.
SAMPLE IEP GOALS:
Missy will recognize and define 10 new vocabulary words each week.
James will master the concept of measuring in inches and feet with 90% accuracy.
Anna will demonstrate with 75% accuracy that she can generate short sentences consisting of 10 words.
Conner will demonstrate with 80% accuracy pronunciation of the ‘th” sound.
Joey will improve his relationships with peers and develop at least 3 strategies for solving conflict.
At any time, if you feel your child's needs are not being met, you can ask for an
The IEP is a working document that can be altered at any time.