15 Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives for Writing and Written Expression

Updated: Jun 21

All IEP writing goals should focus on the student's strengths and areas for improvement. IEP goals can be difficult to come up with but we've created a printable list of measurable IEP goals that will help you get started!

These IEP goals are designed to assist in improving your student's writing skills, oral language comprehension, and written language production.

Keep in mind that objectives are usually built on top of one another. For example, if a kid is having difficulty controlling a pencil, the first goal wouldn't be for him or her to write the letter "a." Instead, an objective regarding pencil control such as line tracing would be more in line with a measurable learning progression.

The process of writing IEP goals might be difficult and time-consuming for new teachers and teachers of every level are sometimes hesitant when creating IEP goals for complicated student needs. If you struggle with writing your own goals,


TeachTastic IEP's is here to assist you. The objective bank is growing and ever-expanding daily with over 1,000 goals to date.


Here is a sample list of measurable IEP goals for writing and written expression.



2nd-grade writing IEP goals


Capitalization IEP Goal

By (date), when given incorrectly capitalized sentences with people and pets, names of places, and geographic features, the student will make all capitalization corrections, improving grammar and mechanics skills from 0/10 work samples out of ten consecutive trials to 8/10 work samples in ten consecutive trials.


Comma Use IEP Goal

By (date), when given sentences with series, dates, and names of places, the student will add any missing commas, improving grammar and mechanics skills from 0/10 work samples out of ten consecutive trials to 8/10 work samples in ten consecutive trials.


Identify and correct errors with plural and possessive nouns IEP Goal

By (date), when given an incorrect sentence, the student will identify and correct errors with plural and possessive nouns, improving grammar and mechanics skills from 0/10 work samples out of ten consecutive trials to 8/10 work samples in ten consecutive trials.


Combining sentences by subjects and predicates IEP Goal

By (date), when given two sentences, the student will combine sentences by subjects and predicates, improving writing strategies skills from 0/10 work samples out of ten consecutive trials to 8/10 work samples in ten consecutive trials.


Sample IEP goals for 2nd grade - TeachTastic IEP Goal Bank for 2nd Grade



3rd grade writing IEP goals


Use linking words to complete a passage IEP Goal

By (date), when a writing task, the student will use plausible linking words to complete a passage (even though, also, until, first), improving writing strategies skills from 0/10 work samples out of ten consecutive trials to 8/10 work samples in ten consecutive trials.


Choose the best transition words IEP Goal

By (date), when given a sample sentence, the student will complete the sentence with a playable transition word (first, next, later, finally, afterward), improving writing strategies skills from 0/10 work samples out of ten consecutive trials to 8/10 work samples in ten consecutive trials.


Using subordinating conjunctions IEP Goal

By (date), when given a writing task, the student will use subordinating conjunctions to connect two simple sentences, improving writing strategies skills from 0/10 work samples out of ten consecutive trials to 8/10 work samples in ten consecutive trials.


Using coordinating conjunctions IEP Goal

By (date), when given a writing task, the student will use coordinating conjunctions to connect words, phrases, and simple sentences (after, as, until, while, unless), improving writing strategies skills from 0/10 work samples out of ten consecutive trials to 8/10 work samples in ten consecutive trials.


Sample IEP goals for 3rd grade - TeachTastic IEP Goal Bank for 3rd Grade

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4th grade writing IEP goals


Use the correct homophone IEP Goal

By (date), when given exercises with conventions of standard English, the student will correctly use frequently confused words (e.g., to, too, two; there, their), improving language skills from 0/10 work samples out of ten consecutive trials to 8/10 work samples in ten consecutive trials.


Identify an author's statement of opinion IEP Goal

By (date), when given exercises with text types and purposes, the student will introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer's purpose, improving writing skills from 0/10 work samples out of ten consecutive trials to 8/10 work samples in ten consecutive trials.


Distinguish facts from opinions IEP Goal

By (date), when given a writing prompt or sample, the student will distinguish facts from opinions, improving writing strategies skills from 0/10 work samples out of ten consecutive trials to 8/10 work samples in ten consecutive trials.


Organize information by main idea IEP Goal

By (date), when given a writing prompt or sample, the student will organize information by the main idea, improving writing strategies skills from 0/10 work samples out of ten consecutive trials to 8/10 work samples in ten consecutive trials.


Sample IEP goals for 4th grade - TeachTastic IEP Goal Bank for 4th Grade

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5th-grade writing IEP goals


Use key details to determine the main idea IEP Goal

By (date), when given a list of 3 key detail sentences from a paragraph about the same topic, the student will choose the main idea that ties all the details together, improving reading strategies skills from 0/10 work samples out of ten consecutive trials to 8/10 work samples in ten consecutive trials.

Writing well developed main ideas is a foundation skill for all future grade level writing skills.


Put the sentences in order IEP Goal

By (date), when given a paragraph in sentence strip form, the student will put the sentences in order, improving writing strategies skills from 0/10 work samples out of ten consecutive trials to 8/10 work samples in ten consecutive trials.