Checklist: What to Consider When Developing Annual IEP Goals

By Kristin Stanberry

As you and the IEP team develop your child’s annual IEP goals, there are several things to consider. Check each goal to make sure it has all of the following qualities.

Does the goal address one of my child’s difficulties?
Does the goal reflect my child’s interests, strengths and learning style?
Is the goal SMART? To be sure, ask yourself if it is...

Understanding annual IEP goals is important for your child’s success in school. It can also help you build confidence with the IEP process.

About the Author

Portrait of Kristin Stanberry

Kristin Stanberry is a writer and editor specializing in parenting, education and consumer health/wellness.

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Portrait of Barbara Hubert

Barbara Hubert, M.S.Ed., an adjunct instructor at Hunter College, teaches grad students how to create supportive, accessible, inclusive classrooms.

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