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Baseline in the IEP: A Good Starting Point

Your child currently has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). How do you know if his or her new goals are appropriate? The first step is to look at his or her present levels of performance. This gives you his or her baseline to create new goals.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) states that the IEP should include "a statement of the child's present level of academic achievement and performance." Present levels of performance describe the child's present capabilities. In other words, where does your child do well and where does he or she struggle?

To determine his or her present performance or baseline, the IEP Team should be looking at prior IEPs, standard scores, classroom assessments, statewide tests, percentile rankings, grade equivalent and progress monitors. Collectively, these objective tests and methods show exactly where your child is struggling and lacks progress, so that the IEP Team can write new goals and provide new services to support these goals.

With the right present performance data, you and the IEP Team can then determine new goals and objectives which will show whether your child makes substantive educational progress over the next year school year.

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