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Do you know the three things your child’s present level of performance IEP section should include?

A well-written present level of performance iep section will include these three elements:

1) The present level of performance IEP section outlines strengths such as learning style, specific academic skills, social skills, physical abilities, etc. that your child IS able to perform.

2) The present level of performance IEP section gives information about struggles your child faces with specific academic skills, social skills, physical abilities, etc.  Your child’s weaknesses are important, but not more important than his strengths.


3) The present level of performance IEP section also provides a summary of your child’s evaluation data including specific subtest performance levels. This objective data is critical for defining goals and objectives in the next section of the IEP.

Under the No Child Left Behind guidelines and state Standards of Learning criteria, it is advisable to include information about which state standards your child has met and which ones he still needs to meet. To fully grasp how to paint a positive picture of your child, get a piece of paper and a pencil. Think about the present level of performance IEP section for your child.

1) Describe your child’s strengths which help him with classroom performance, including information about your child’s personal learning style.

2) Describe your child’s weaknesses including aspects of the classroom environment that interfere with your child’s learning.  Write a statement describing how your child’s personal weaknesses affect his classroom performance.

3) Write a paragraph stating ways in which your child’s strengths can be used to overcome his child’s weaknesses.

Reflect on the statements you just wrote.  Consider the importance of staying positive to inspire your child to do his best. Often school personnel tend to focus on your child’s weaknesses, but his strengths are a critical piece of the puzzle when knowing how to reach and teach your child.

Consider how to write a positive statement like this for your child. Move through the rest of this present level of performance IEP section lesson, then write a present level of performance IEP section for your child’s next IEP meeting.

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