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 Reading Comprehension Goal

Why I Dislike This IEP Goal:

  • Do these questions require students to make inferences? Are all of the answers directly from the passage?
  • Is this a simple passage? At their independent reading level? Their current grade level?
  • Are they reading this passage on their own?

Improved Reading Comprehension Goal

Why I Prefer This IEP Goal:

  • Aubree will be answering questions from passages at her instruction level.
  • She’ll be answering questions that are directly in the text.
  • The text can be read to her in the group, whether that be as a group effort or directly from the teacher.


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