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What are IEP Goals for Special Education Students?

Updated: Jun 1, 2022


In order to answer this question, we have to first understand what an IEP is. The acronym stands for Individualized Education Plan and it is a legal document that outlines the specific needs of a student with a disability. Once you know what an IEP is, then you can move on to figuring out how they're created and what their purpose is.


What is IDEA?

IDEA is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. It is a federal law that was passed in 2004 and it guarantees all children with disabilities the right to a free and appropriate public education. IDEA outlines what must be included in an IEP and sets forth the procedures for developing, implementing, and assessing them.


What are IDEA qualifying disabilities?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines a disability as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities." This includes students who have autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and other specific conditions. The IDEA also requires public schools to provide free and appropriate education to all students with disabilities, regardless of their severity.

If a student has a qualifying disability, he or she will be entitled to special education services and an IEP team will be formed for their assistance.


What is an IEP?

An IEP is a legal document that outlines the specific needs of a student with a disability. It is created in collaboration between the student, parents, teachers, and other professionals who are working with the child. IEP goals should be achievable and measurable so that everyone involved can track the student's progress.


What is the purpose of an IEP goal?

The purpose of an IEP goal is to provide a specific target or outcome that a student with a disability is striving to achieve. They are written in collaboration between the student, parents, teachers, and other professionals who are working with the child. IEP goals should be achievable and measurable so that everyone involved can track the student's progress.


Why do students need IEP goals?

Students with disabilities need IEP goals because they need assistance in order to achieve their fullest potential. The goals provide a roadmap for the student, parents, and educators so that everyone is on the same page and knows what is expected of the child. Achievable and measurable objectives can be used to track the student's development and ensure that they are moving in the right direction.

How an IEP goal is written?

The IEP goal is written in collaboration between the student, parents, teachers, and other professionals who are working with the child. It should be achievable and measurable so that everyone involved can track the student's progress.

IEP goals are written directly to progress a student in a qualifying area of support. The goal statement will answer the question, "What does this student need to do to progress in this area of disability?"


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