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Short Term Objectives
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Instructions for Using This ReportChanging the Meeting to Change the Outcomes
IEP Planning ReportStrengths Needs
Annual GoalsWriting IEP GoalsShort Term Objectives
Writing Short Term ObjectivesRelated ServicesCharacteristics of Services



How will a child achieve his/her annual goals? Through short term objectives. These are the "steps" a child will use in reaching the goals. Most goals will have more than one short term objective and the objectives usually build on one another. Once the child has mastered the first objective, he/she moves on to the next, until the goal has been achieved.

Short term objectives must be measurable. How will they be measured? By teacher anecdotal notes, teacher observation, parent observation, testing, etc.? Short term objectives need to have timelines that are met. Parents play an important role in meeting with school personnel to monitor the timelines and the progress. Objectives should be written in plain English. Refer to the "Writing Short Term Objectives" information on the following page. Here's one example:

Annual Goal - Benjamin will move around his homeroom, go to and from art, music, PE, lunch, and recess in his wheelchair, daily, without assistance from an adult.

Short Term Objectives

  1. Benjamin will take his papers from his desk to his teacher's desk using his wheelchair; measured by teacher observation; by October 1st.

  2. Benjamin will go with his peers, from his homeroom to the art room and back, using his wheelchair; measured by teacher observation; by November 1st. (These objectives would continue in increments until the goal is met.)

List annual goals for (child's name). Then list appropriate objectives
Annual Goal _________________________________________________

Short term Objectives__________________________________________
(Add additional pages, as necessary.)

Prepared by Kathy Snow (with lots of help from others)
250 Sunnywood Lane, Woodland Park, CO 80863-9434
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