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This months Newsletter features tips on how to write effective goals for your child's IEP.


Quality IEPs:
Writing SMART IEP Goals

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Circulation: 86,183
ISSN: 1538-320
October 4, 2011

Dear Deb,

goalsDon't put the cart before the horse! If you begin the IEP process by trying to find generic "good goals," you will probably fail because the goals won’t relate to your child's needs.

First, identify your child's needs. Begin the process by analyzing your child’s present levels of academic achievement and functional performance. The IEP must include a plan to meet all of your child's unique needs.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you'll find an IEP Game Plan that will describe how to create goals for SMART IEPs, step-by-step.

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You can help your child get and stay on the right path by designing SMART IEP goals. Your Game Plan for designing a SMART IEP includes three elements.

You need to learn about:

  1. test scores
  2. SMART goals and IEPs
  3. how to use advocacy strategies to get the services your child needs

Read Wrightslaw Game Plan: SMART IEPs by Pete and Pam Wright.


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What's Your Target? SMART IEP Goals

What can you do if the school wants to measure progress by "teacher observations" or "teacher made tests," not objective tests of academic achievement and functional performance?

In SMART IEPs: A Tactics and Strategy Session, an interview with Pete and Pam Wright, you will learn about requirements for present levels, how to use a private educational consultant, requirements for measurable goals, accommodations and modifications ...and more.


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How Do Your Write IEP Goals & Objectives?

Read Chapter 12 about SMART IEPs in Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd edition by Pam & Pete Wright.

Download a free copy of the chapter about SMART IEPs from Wrightslaw for your personal use.


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SMART IEPs for Behavior Problems

The SMART process is the same for any goal - academic or behavioral.

You need to clearly define the target behavior. The school needs to gather baseline data on the behavior before developing specific measurable goals.

Read How Can I Develop SMART IEP Goals for Behavior Problems?


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