Slide 14: Measurable annual goals with short-term instructional objectives and/or benchmarks
The IEP form includes an alternate section for students whose IEPs will include short-term instructional objectives and/or benchmarks. For students whose IEPs do not require short-term instructional objectives or benchmarks, this section of the form may be deleted.
Instructional objectives and/or benchmarks must be written for all students who meet the eligibility criteria to take the New York State Alternate Assessment and all preschool students with disabilities. Additionally, some districts may establish policies to include short-term instructional objectives and/or benchmarks in other students' IEPs (for example: all elementary-age students; or all students recommended for special classes).
Short-term instructional objectives and/or benchmarks are general indicators of student progress toward achieving the annual goals and should be used as the basis for reporting progress to parents.
Generally, one annual goal would not include both short-term instructional objectives and benchmarks.
Whether short-term instructional objectives OR benchmarks are used for a particular annual goal is at the discretion of the Committee.