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The IEP must include:

(2)(i) A statement of measurable annual goals, including academic and functional goals designed to—

(A) Meet the child’s needs that result from the child’s disability to enable the child to be involved in and make progress in the general education curriculum; and

(B) Meet each of the child’s other educational needs that result from the child’s disability… [§300.320(a)(2)(i)(A) and

Annual goals describe what is expected to be learned within a 12-month period.


  • Present levels or baselines of a skill or behavior

  • In what setting

  • Over what time period

  • How will goal achievement be measured. (time, level, behavior, criterion)

    • _ % accuracy over _ # probes (85% independently over 3 monthly probes)

    • Based on rubric

    • Prompt levels

    • Conditions (AT, OT adaptations)

    • Instructional level (5th grade material)

    • Fluency / timed (WPM)

    • Number to achieve




Interim goals to achieve as a measurement, a chunked goal

 (ii) For children with disabilities who take alternate assessments aligned to alternate achievement standards, a description of benchmarks or short-term objectives… §300.320(a)(2)(ii)



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