Strategies for Setting High-Quality Academic Individualized Education Program Goals

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In this guide, we explain how educators can establish IEP goals that are measurable, ambitious, and appropriate in light of the student’s circumstances. Four important steps are required for setting a valid goal for individual student performance: selecting a measure, establishing baseline performance, choosing a strategy for setting the goal, and writing a measurable goal. Although this guide presents the steps that educators can take to set appropriate IEP goals, all members of the IEP team, including families, should be involved in discussions about setting the goal.