Measurable Annual Goals

  • The IEP must list measurable annual goals consistent with the student’s needs and abilities, as identified in the present levels of performance.

  • Annual goals are statements that identify what knowledge, skills and/or behaviors a student is expected to be able to demonstrate within the year during which the IEP will be in effect.

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Slide 10: Measurable Annual Goals

Under present levels of performance, the IEP has documented which need areas must be addressed and where the student is currently functioning in each of those areas. The next step is to identify what the focus of special education instruction will be over the course of the upcoming year. The measurable annual goals will guide instruction, serve as the basis to measure progress and report that progress to parents, as well as, serve as the guideposts to determine if the supports and services being provided to the student are appropriate and effective.

An annual goal indicates what the student is expected to be able to achieve during the year in which the IEP will be in effect.  The annual goal takes the student from his or her present level of performance to a level of performance expected by the end of the year.

An IEP must list measurable annual goals, recommended to enable the student to:

  • be involved in and progress in the general education curriculum (or for preschool students, in appropriate activities),

  • address other educational needs that result from the student's disability, and

  • prepare the student to meet his or her post-secondary goals.