Bring this checklist with you to help the team make sure your child’s goals provide the appropriate support. You can view or download a printable version of this checklist by clicking one of the links below.
- Are the goals clear and understandable? Do the goals avoid jargon or undefined acronyms?
- Are the goals positively oriented? (“With supports, Henry will…” as opposed to “With supports, Henry will not...”)
- Do the goals reference and line up with your child’s present level of performance (PLOP)?
- Do the goals address academic and social areas your child struggles with because of specific challenges?
- Are the goals standards-based? (Is the desired outcome to reach grade-level academic standards?)
- Do the goals address how your child will gain skills? Do they identify instructional strategies?
- Can the goals be accomplished within the time frame of the IEP?
- Do the goals list ways to measure progress? (Standardized tests, curriculum-based measurements, screening, etc.)
- Is it clear what your child will be able to do when the goals are met?
- Do the goals set ambitious, but realistic, expectations for your child?
- Are the goals strengths-based? (Do they use your child’s strengths to help address a particular need?)
- Did your child have a chance to give input on goals and share information about strengths?
- If your child is in high school, do the goals include transition planning?
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Amanda Morin is the director of thought leadership at Understood and author of “The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.” She worked as a classroom teacher and early intervention specialist for more than a decade.