IEP Goal Bank & Goal Writing Resources
Browse our FREE Common Core aligned IEP goal bank! Find socio-emotional and academic goals and objectives in reading, writing, and mathematics for your students, along with sample baselines, assessment ideas, and modification ideas!
Tips for Writing IEP Goals
Don't overload the goals! IEP goals are supposed to be what you work on in addition to the state standards. The goals are what you focus on in interventions-- and you can't focus on everything at once!
My rule of thumb is up to two goals per subject area:
- A reading comprehension and a procedural reading (decoding/fluency/level) goal
- A math problem solving and procedural (number sense, addition, etc) goal
- A writing content (narrative, paragraph, etc) and procedural (spelling, fluency, typing) goal
- A self-regulation or advocacy goal
- One other socioemotional goal as needed.
Those ten goals would enable you to provide support across all key subjects and on socioemotional skills! For students with fewer needs, I do even fewer goals.
If a student has related services, conference with the providers and combine your goals! Students are going to grow more if you are all rowing in the same direction-- and focusing on the same key skills! Find ways to combine your goals.
When it comes to actually writing the goals, work from key standards. What are the standards that 1) hit on students' areas of need; and 2) are worth working on again and again and again all year long?
All of the goals in Spedhelper's goal banks have been carefully chosen to reflect key standards. Don't like our goals? Steal the standards and write your own!
Focus goals on students' key areas of need-- the areas where they are the most below grade level. And think about the bigger picture-- what are the deficits that are likely to compound and keep them from accessing the general education curriculum?
Don't limit yourself to academic goals! Students need more than content knowledge to succeed in school. Think about socioemotional needs too. Does the student stand up for themself? Can they request accommodations as needed? Do they have impulse control strategies to draw on?
All of us (me included!) have socioemotional needs. Our goal is for our students to become successful, independent learners..... what socio-emotional skills are there that might help them get there?
This is the biggest one! The law says parents need to be involved. Don't make parent participation a check box! Talk to the family before the IEP and get to know what goals they want to see for their child!
Families know their children better than we ever will so draw on them as a resource. They might not be able to give you a writing goal-- but they are really likely to have amazing ideas on self-advocacy goals and organization goals!