Writing SMART Goals
By: Carmen Willings
Revised November 20, 2018
Individualized Education Program (IEP) formats and the criteria vary greatly between states and sometimes within states and even counties! One thing in common is that all goals should be "S.M.A.R.T.". "S.M.A.R.T." goals should meet the student's needs that result from the student's disability to enable the child to be involved in and make progress in the general education curriculum, and meet each of the student's other educational needs that result from the student's disability. Goals are goals that are:
A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six "W" questions:
Blooms Taxonomy of cognitive objectives can be helpful when determining the "action" word to describe what the student must do to meet the goal.
Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal. What tangible evidence that the student has accomplished the goal or objective. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, and reach your target dates. To determine if the goal is measurable, ask questions such as:
Set a plan and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Stretch the student so they are challenged, but defined well enough that they can be achieved.
Realistic & Relevant
To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic. Be sure that every goal represents substantial progress. Additionally, it should be relevant to your role on the team and within the ECC.
A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it, there's no sense of urgency.
Ex. When asked to complete a written assignment, (name), will independently load the paper in the braille writer with 90% accuracy on 4 of 5 opportunities by the end of the IEP duration.
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Developing SMARTER Goals Recorded Presentation
Have you kicked yourself a week after writing an IEP for writing objectives that weren’t measurable or a good fit for your student? This presentation on writing SMARTER goals will discuss strategies for writing goals that are SMARTER (Specific, Measurable, Achievable/Attainable, Relevant/Realistic, Time-bound, Educational, and Realistic). This presentation will discuss strategies for writing individualized SMARTER goals to meet the unique needs of students with visual impairments starting with a comprehensive understanding of the student. It is also important to scaffold goals and build on student’s existing skills to help students develop the highest level of independence and proficiency. This presentation will walk you through the process of using Blooms taxonomy to scaffold goals to focus on target behaviors and ensure you use descriptive conditions and criteria to make them SMARTER.
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