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 Letters & Sounds Goal

Why I Dislike This IEP Goal:

  • How much time do you have?! Monitoring both upper and lowercase letters at the same time is a LOT.
  • Why on Earth do we needs recognition AND sounds in the same goal? Focus on one or the other.
  • When will this be accomplished? The end of the IEP year? The end of the school year? Can I prompt them? Sooooo many questions!

Improved Letters & Sounds Goal

Why I Prefer This IEP Goal:

  • I often choose lowercase letters because that is primarily what they see in text. Uppercase are important, so I’m still teaching them. I just don’t assess that for accuracy like I do lowercase letters.
  • I like that this goal tells me that I’ll use letter cards and that they’ll be naming the letter independently.


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