How To Track Progress in IEP Goals

Individual Educational Plans, (IEPs) are extremely important tools for autistic children who require a different approach to education.  It’s vital for all people involved with a child’s education to adhere to the goals set forth in the IEP.

But it’s also important that the IEP is actually designed to benefit the child.  Below are three ways that you can help ensure that the child’s educational needs are being met.

1)    Tracking Progress—You must be able to measure IEP goals.  A popular method being used by educators today is called the “plotting method.”  The educator uses a chart, to track time and the results of tests, homework, projects, classroom participation, etc. After each assignment, the educator plots on the chart the result with the date.  As time goes on, there will be a series of dots.  If the dots move in a positive pattern, then it is a good indication that the IEP is working.  If the dots are moving in a negative pattern, then the IEP may need to be reevaluated.

2)    Working with other educators—If you find that the IEP is not producing desired results, or it is difficult to track results, it is important to keep in contact with all of the people involved with the IEP committee.  This includes the classroom teacher, principal, and a special education teacher.  These individuals must work together to analyze the IEP and revise it if necessary. Never be afraid to speak with the committee if you feel that there is an issue with the IEP.

3)    Managing the IEP—It is vital that you ensure that the IEP is being followed.  The student may interact with a number of educators throughout a school day.  If most of them disregard the IEP, then progress will be difficult to achieve.  You must make sure that all teachers understand, accept, and implement the IEP.

Hopefully, with these tips, you’ll be able to see positive results for your student’s IEP.  If there are any educators who would like to offer their own tips or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment to this post.

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One Response to “How To Track Progress in IEP Goals”
  1. Dad2Luke says:

    Funny I hit this web site looking for the legal reference that says that IEP goals have to be used to track progress. We have had two huge fights with our school district:
    (1) Taking data so that progress towards the goals could be measured (not just the staff’s belief or statistical fluctuations).
    (2) Actually using progress towards goals as a measure of tracking progress.
    District has filed for mediation to force us to accept cuts in services based on unmeasurable goals with meaningless criteria for success. Joke is that even with these they never report the goals as being met.
    I’m going to keep looking for the legal reference, but wanted to pass on that just because something makes sense it does not mean it will happen.

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