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Writing Standards-Based IEPs

The Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a document that addresses how a student’s disability impacts his or her ability to access the general curriculum and make meaningful progress. Educators are challenged with how to write an IEP that addresses the unique learning needs of the student while staying aligned with the same grade level standards that apply to all students.

Learner Objectives

This session will focus on critical components of a standards-based IEP, the importance of precision in determining the present level of performance, and steps for writing compliant, meaningful and measurable goals and objectives. Participants will receive an overview of the process and practical tools to aid them in future practice.


This session is intended for any educator who has the task of developing, implementing, or monitoring Individual Education Plans for students with disabilities. Included in this group would be Special Education Teachers, General Education Teachers and Administrators.

Session Agenda

  • Standards-Based IEP: Legal Basis
  • Steps for Writing a Standards-Based IEP
  • Crafting a PLAAFP Based on State Standards
  • Writing Measurable Goals
  • Writing Short-Term Objecrtives
  • Progress Monitoring
  • Questions, Answers and Next Steps


IEP Steps

Sample Slides