Individual Education Program Goals

Individual Education Program goals are very important and are  part of a road map that leads to achievement of long term goals. IEP goals need to be written in any area that has been identified on the present level of performance page as an area of need.  The present level page typically describes the student’s current academic, social emotion, communication and health functioning as well as identifying areas of need.

Once an area of need has been established a goal needs to be written in that area.  The special education teacher along with parents and general education provider together should be writing goals.  Unfortunately, what often happens is that goals are written in isolation by the professionals and then are presented to parents.

In order to ensure that parents voice and concerns are addressed parents need to participate in goal writing and at the very least understand why the goal is written, how it supports the long term goal, and how progress will be measured.  Most recently, I attended an IEP meeting where the goals were written so broadly that it was impossible to first understand what the goal was and secondly how it was being measured.

It is best to begin the IEP meeting or premeeting with understanding what the parents’ long term goal is for the student.  Sometimes this long term goal might just be something that the team can’t imagine is attainable but everyone must remember that no one really can read the future and anything is bound to be accomplished with motivation and commitment.  Consequently, parents’ goals for their son or daughter need to be respected and the team held responsible for guiding the son/daughter towards that long term goal.

Any questions on goals? Contact Diana@talkcounts.com

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Diana Loiewski has been teaching special needs students for over thirty years. She not only is a classroom high school teacher, she also serves as an administrative designee in IEP meetings, and case work trainer for the military Exceptional Family Member Program. In addition, she presents on special education topics all over the country and is a co author of Individual Education Plan Workbook for Success, and Healthy Relationships a multimedia workbook for special education teens and adults. ___________________________________________________________________ Elizabeth Dominick is the parent of an 18-year-old special needs student. Elizabeth and her husband navigated the special needs odyssey from the time their son was 3 years old to the present. She and her husband have placed their son in both public and private settings and have worked with attorney advocates to get better services. Ultimately, they ended up educating themselves on special education law. Elizabeth is a past reporter and editor and currently writes parent meditations and other articles for iepsurvival.com. __________________________________________________________________ Sharon McCormick is a special education teacher and blogger. She has been in the classroom for over fifteen years. Prior to that time, she worked with emotionally disturbed youth in residential and group home settings. She is clever and creative and enjoys supporting students with special education needs. ___________________________________________________________________________ Renee Tompkins is a graduate of Illinois State University with a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Services. She is an amazing and energetic professional with fifteen years of experience working directly with special needs students. She also serves as a board member of the Special Education Foundation and supports fundraising efforts for teachers within the Poway Unified School District. She is currently employed with the Poway Unified School District and she delivers services to both groups and individuals in the transition program working with adults eighteen-years-- twenty-two years of age. Her current responsibilities include organizing and running a healthy relationship program with both men and women with intellectual disabilities.
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