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.

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