Writing Great Standards Based IEPs

While I was thinking about standards based IEPs, I did a little research. The National Associate of State Directors of Special Ed presented a forum in 2007 to talk about how to write and use standards based IEPS. They came up with 7 steps. I have included the 7 steps here to help guide you when developing IEPs for your child or for children in your classroom.

Step 1: Consider the grade-level content standards for the grade in which the student is enrolled or would be enrolled based on age.

What is the standard saying they must be able to do?

Step 2: Examine class and student data to determine where the students is functioning in relation to the grade level standards.

Is the instruction aligned with the assessment?

Step 3:  Develop the present level of academic achievement and functional performance.

Describe the strengths and needs of the student in relation to mastering the curriculum.

Step 4:  Develop measurable annual goals aligned with grade-level academic content standards

Include timeframe, account for student needs, and specify conditions for instruction and for outcomes.

Step 5:  Assess and report the student’s progress throughout the year.

Use a variety of assessment options and plan for reporting to parents

Step 6:  Identify specially designed instruction including accommodations and/or modifications needed to access and progress in the general education curriculum.

What accommodations are needed and how will they be accessed? When accommodations are added has the complexity of the material been altered or modified?

Step 7: Determine the most appropriate assessment option.

Consider setting and delivery method.

Did the modifications to the curriculum result in the need for alternative testing options?

You can see all the standards for learning for your state when you access the State Standards link on the premium membership side of this website.

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