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 Computation Goal

Why I Dislike This IEP Goal:

  • How many digits will these addition and subtraction problems include?
  • Do these problems contain regrouping?
  • Should they get them right or just “solve” them?
  • How many problems should I give to them? One? Five? One hundred?

Improved Computation Goal

Why I Prefer This IEP Goal:

  • I know exactly how many problems to ask my student to solve.
  • I love that I know how many digits the numbers in these addition problems will include.
  • This goal also lets me know that they student is working to master regrouping.


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