The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 requires that all students who receive special education services have measurable annual goal(s) included in their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). This may include academic (standards-based) and/or functional (non-standards-based) goals, based on the individual student’s needs, as documented in their Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP) statements.
The purpose of these goals, as is the purpose of all special education services, is to assist the student in accessing and progressing in the general curriculum. Academic (standards-based) goals are goals directly linked to progressing toward enrolled grade-level content standards; functional (non-standards-based) goals are goals that assist the student in accessing the enrolled grade-level content standards.
The following resources aid stakeholders in understanding the development and contents of a Standards-Based IEP.
IEP Goal Development in Texas (Online Training)
The Statewide Progress in the General Curriculum (PGC) Network, in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), has developed a free online training titled, IEP Goal Development in Texas (Online Training) This free training (Session ID# 49038) is available in ESC-20 Connect20.
The training focuses on the portion of the ARD process related to developing a student's Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP) and using the PLAAFP to create enrolled grade level measurable annual academic goals. The training should take approximately 2 - 3 hours to complete, and upon successful completion a certificate will be created. The intended audience is general and special educators who are involved in the ARD/IEP process, but other personnel, including parents, are welcome to participate.
Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Q and A 2020
Desarrollo de metas anuales del Plan de Educacion Individual (IEP) 2017
Case Study: Making Connections to General Curriculum Through the Seven Step IEP Process 2018
IEP Implementation and Progress Monitoring: Administrative Considerations 2018
Dear Colleague Letter 11/16/2015 Topic: FAPE
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Co-Teaching A How-To-Guide: Guidelines for Co-Teaching in Texas (Uploaded May 2018)
Working with Paraprofessionals: A Resource for Teachers Working with Students with Disabilities (Uploaded May 2018)
Specially Designed Instruction: A Resource for Teachers (Uploaded May 2018)
Case Study: Making Connections to the General Curriculum Using the 7 Step IEP Process (Uploaded April 2018)
Grading and Progress Monitoring for Students with Disabilities (Uploaded April 2018)
Project Manager, Progress in the General Curriculum Network
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