Questions to Consider
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Each child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) is required to have annual goals. The goals should build on the level of skills and performance your child has now and be specific about what you and other IEP team members expect your child to learn in the coming year. IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) is very specific about the “must haves” for goals in an IEP, requiring that the goals be measurable, allow the child to make progress on the same curriculum all students at that grade level are learning, and meet the child’s disability related needs. Remember – Goals stem from the unique needs of your child, as documented in data, reports, assessments, observations, etc. or also known as the present levels of performance.