IEP goals are written to cover your child’s instruction for an academic school year. The IEP goals are broad since they last for a calendar year, however; the IEP goals must be measurable so that teachers can document your child’s progress. Annual goals also include an evaluation statement. This statement ( __% accuracy on XX out of XX attempts) is included in the annual goal so that there is a standard to be attained that indicates mastery.
You know that even when you are learning something new you get it right some times, and other times you miss it by a little. The evaluation statement allows for the possibility that your child might not be perfect every time they are evaluated on a specific skill. The evaluation statement % accuracy out of __ trials is constructed to match the nature of the annual goal. Some goals have to be met at 100% accuracy, because they are foundational to other skill development or are crucial to survival/saftey. But other annual goals can be satisfied with 90% accuracy or completion of 9 out of 10 trials, because there is room for error.
This concept is very difficult, and causes even experienced teachers great difficulty when writing good IEP goals.
Practice writing an IEP goal for your child. Use the template of:
Given(specialized instruction, positive reinforcement, modified materials, etc…, (Name) will(state the goal that you would like your child to be able to achieve), with _____% accuracy on XX out of XX attempts.