Two Quick Tips Before Creating IEP Goals for Written Expression:
When your child struggles with his writing skills, you need Measurable IEP Goals for Written Expression. This page contains information about writing measureable goals, so you can tell if your child is making good progress in writing.
If your child struggles at all with the handwriting component of writing, be sure to check out the IEP Goals for Writing , Keyboarding and Copying for Students with Dysgraphia or Handwriting Difficulties too.
You may also want to check out these resources about other aspects of writing:
+ “How To Teach Handwriting to A Child with Dysgraphia.” And
+ “Help Your Child Learn Grammar Without Hating It!” too.
NOW, let’s talk about written expression itself. If your child can write more easily, then he is more likely to express himself well in writing.
How To Write Measurable IEP Goals for Written Expression
Even though your child’s IEP may specify a writing program for your child, you may find it difficult to determine if your child is making progress with written expression, which is where great IEP Goals for written expression become necessary.
You want to KNOW if your child is making progress in his ability to write. Therefore, you will need specific, measurable goals for writing in your child’s IEP, like the ones below. The example IEP goals for written expression must be tailored to meet your child’s specific needs, so learning how to construct good goals helps you. The examples will make more sense once you know what a measurable goal looks like. 😉
After learning how to write great IEP goals for written expression, use the examples below to craft great goals for your child, especially if he has dysgraphia or dyslexia.
Why Written Expression is difficult:
Learning to write well involves highly integrated and complex mental processes for organizing the writing in the child’s mind. Your child must hold information in his brain, recall phonemes, syllables, and sight word spellings for writing. Then he uses motor planning skills to get his ideas into written form. Your child needs goals for each writing skill that makes writing hard for him.
Your child may also have a lot difficulty with handwriting. Writing by hand might not enable him to express himself at the same level at which he thinks. You see this when a child uses big words when talking, but writes at a much lower level. In that case, setting goals that include keyboarding, dictation to a scribe, or the use of dictation software helps.
To help you understand how to write good, measurable goals, I am including sample IEP Goals for written expression below. There are goals for different skills used in writing.
For your child, you might write goals that are similarly worded. However, you need to modify them so they are based upon your child’s current skill level.
To make good IEP Goals for written expression, add similar goals or modify these goals to create great goals for your child’s IEP.
Examples of MEASURABLE IEP Goals for Written Expression:
For each writng assignment, [Child’s name] will independently create a keyword outline with a main topic and three supporting points as a basis for his essay.
[Child’s name] will use the keyword outline process to produce a written composition which contains paragraphs of at least three sentences each, an introduction, conclusion. [Child] will include at least three supporting points in three different body paragraphs. [Child’s name] will demonstrate this ability in all content areas and all settings.
For each essay assignment, [Child’s name] will independently develop his ideas fully. [Child] will write passages that contain well developed main ideas. [Child’s name] will give at least 3 details in each paragraph. [Child’s name] will demonstrate this ability in all content areas and all settings for all written essays.
When assigned essays, [Child’s name] will independently develop his ideas. [Child] will create five-paragraph essays with proper essay structure using Dragon Naturally Speaking software to dictate his ideas to the computer. [Child’s name] will demonstrate the ability to use Dragon Naturally Speaking to dictate essays in all class subjects.
Given general curriculum writing assignments, [Child’s name] will edit his writing for spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors. [Child] will have fewer than 2 overlooked errors per 250 words, without assistance. [Child’s name] will demonstrate this ability across all settings.
Consider writing goals for all of the skills into your child’s IEP Goals for written expression.
Keep in mind, when writing, your child must hold information in his head, then process it in his working memory. Your child can learn to use fine motor skills and good executive planning to get his ideas into written form. Thus, you’ll want to consider all of the necessary skills when creating IEP goals for written expression for your child.
Don’t forget to check out the IEP Goals for Writing, Keyboarding and Copying for Students with Dysgraphia or Handwriting Difficulties too. Keyboarding and handwriting are critical as written expression skills as well.
You may ALSO want to check out Assistive Technology for kids with dysgraphia or writing difficulties. Including assistive technology in your IEP goals for written expression sets your child up for better long-term success.