Writing IEP Goals
From the Schools Project,
Specialized Training Program, University of Oregon.
A goal is an activity.
Ben will go to the
library with the third graders twice a week with a
support person in the room.
Valerie will work
in the school office three times a week doing sorting,
collating, and filing.
The goal is
not an activity if it designates performance of
isolated skills or behaviors. The following are not
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A goal describes change in the student's
Phil will prepare three
different uncooked snacks following picture recipe cards
without any help in home economics twice a week.
A goal does
not describe a student's competence if it describes staff
behavior rather than student behavior. The following are not
should describe answers to these three questions:
1. How will the student's competence change as a result of
2. When, where, or with whom will the student do the
3. What kind of help or support will the student need?
Make sure the goals include the following
1. The goal is an activity.
2. The goal says what the student will do.
3. The goal describes the natural conditions under which the
student will do the