Writing the perfect IEP goals is literally the starting point for so many things that we do as special education teachers.

Write a bad one, and you’re gonna pay for it for the rest of the year.

And trust me, we’ve all written bad ones. Sometimes more than once. 🥴

Crappy Decoding Goal

Why I Dislike This IEP Goal:

  • What kind of words will Amanda be reading?
  • Improving decoding skills sounds great, but how will I know if there is an improvement?
  • How many words will be read?

Improved Decoding Goal

Why I Prefer This IEP Goal:

  • I love that I know Amanda is working on reading beginning blends and short vowels.
  • Ten words can be read in a short period of time.


3 Reasons Why Progress Monitoring is SO Hard




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In season 14, we are talking about those crappy IEP goals. Whether you wrote it yourself or inherited it from someone else, we've all seen them. And those crappy IEP goals often lead to even more stress when it's time to progress monitor. 🥴 In today's episode, I'm sharing the three reasons why progress monitoring is so hard in order to create better systems and strategies for making it easier!




  1. 3 Reasons Why Progress Monitoring is SO Hard




  2. How to Improve IEP Goals for Students Working on Multi-Digit Addition & Subtraction




  3. How to Improve IEP Goals for Students Working on Math Facts




  4. How to Improve IEP Goals for Students Working on Reading Comprehension




  5. How to Improve IEP Goals for Students Working on Sight Words