An IEP, or individualized education plan, must include measurable objectives. Writing goals and objectives is easy, but making sure that they are measurable can be more challenging; anyone reading the objectives should be able to tell exactly what is expected and how the outcomes will be measured. Following some basic guidelines will help you to write a clear IEP plan.
State clearly the child's current level of performance in a topic or subject. Express this as clearly as possible using specifics. "Johnny is not a very good reader" is too vague; "Johnny reads at a third-grade level at 60-80 words per minute" precisely states his current level in measurable terms.
Lay out a set of well defined, measurable objectives to improve the child's performance in this area. "Susie needs to get better at math" is, again, not quantifiable or specific; "Given a set of 100 single-digit multiplication problems, Susie will complete them in one hour with three to five errors" lays out a time frame and a clear, specific and measurable task.
Set a clear, quantifiable goal as the outcome of the objectives. "Benjamin will improve in geography" is too broad; "Benjamin will be able to locate and identify all 50 states on a map and name their capitals" is better.
Use specific action words when writing the IEP. Words like "demonstrate" might not be specific enough depending on how the objective is written. Instead of writing "Sally will demonstrate mastery of fractions," lay out how she will achieve this in specific and measurable terms.
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