IEP Goals and Objectives – Define what your child will achieve:
IEP Goals are drafted in a step-by-step fashion. They should be focused on your child’s specific disability(ies). In considering goals, start with a list of your child’s areas of disability (obtained from evaluations and/or classroom data). For deficit areas, ask yourself, “What should success look like? What should we see our child DOING?”
Good IEP goals don’t contain words that can’t be measured such as demonstrate, understand, comprehend, improve, etc. How will you know if a child understands? Has improved? Comprehends?
You measure progress by observing a specific behavior. Thus, your child’s specific behaviors should be stated in the goal.
To write objective, measurable IEP goals:
1) State the desired outcome for your child’s learning. (What will your child DO?)
2) State exactly how your child will show he can do something. (How, when or where will the child be able to do it?)
3) State the measurements you will use to measure your child’s progress. (What level of skill will indicate the child has learned to do the task?)
4) Assemble the above three pieces into an Objective, Measurable Goal.
Consider these areas for additional Goals:
– Assistive Technology Usage
– Behavioral / Emotional Modification
– Daily Living Skills
– General Curriculum and Instructional Content
– Occupational Therapy
– Physical Therapy
– Speech-Language Therapy
Consider your child’s needs, abilities, and desired outcomes. Be sure the goals are specific so the teacher will know what your child is expected to learn. Expectations must also meet with your child’s academic aptitude.
Be realistic, but don’t lower your expectations. Dream of what can be, think creatively, and expect your child to achieve at a high level. Expect your child to reach the level she is capable of learning at, not where she is presently performing. Look to the future, not to the past.
Practice: Think of one area where your child needs improvement. Write a goal that meets the criteria for being “observable”.
IEP Goals & Objectives: Defining what your child will achieve
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