If you are an educator or parent involved in the IEP drafting process, we recommend you read “Writing IEP Goals” by Special Education Consultant Ruth Heitin. In her informative article featured on LDOnline.org, Heitin outlines the SMART method for writing IEP goals. To be most effective, IEP goals must:
* be Specific;
* be Measurable;
* use Action words;
* be Realistic; and
* be Time-limited.
Using sample IEP goals related to reading, math, and writing, Heitin demonstrates how goals can be revised and strengthened, ensuring that intervention is effectively administered and allowing the student to make maximal gains. For more information on the IEP planning process, and to access a link to Heitin’s article,visit our Writing IEP Goals page.