Enhancing Recognition of High Quality, Functional IEP Goals

A Training Activity for Early Childhood Special Education Staff
Lucas, A., Gillaspy, K., Peters, M. L., & Hurth, J.

This training activity was created to support participants’ understanding of the criteria needed to develop and write high quality, participation-based Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. The term “functional” is often used to describe what goals ought to be, yet many Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) staff (e.g., teachers and related services staff) struggle to define what makes a goal “functional.” Still others struggle with making goals meet the criteria set forth in regulations, as well as have meaning for families. Reviews of existing resources developed by national experts provided a framework for considering IEP goals to determine if the goals are high quality and support the child’s participation in everyday routines and activities.

Available here: IEP Goals
Citation: Lucas, A., Gillaspy, K., Peters, M. L., & Hurth, J. (2014). Enhancing recognition of high quality, functional IEP goals: A training activity for early childhood special education staff. Retrieved from http://www.ectacenter.org/~pdfs/pubs/rating-iep.pdf