IEP Goals are written into the Individualized Education Program (Plan) and describe what the child will do, how they will do it and by what date.
IEP Teams many times use “SMART Goals” as a way of evaluating and creating the blueprint to be followed.
SMART stands for:
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Realistic
T – Timely
Be specific and write clearly defined IEP goals and objectives for what should happen.
Establish concrete criteria that can be measured such as, read 20 sight words by December 31.
Each goal should be able to be reached.
The goal may be attainable, but is it realistic? If it isn’t realistic it will never be attainable.
What is the timeframe for reaching the goal? Will the goal be reached by the end of the semester or the end of the school year?