IEP Goals & Objectives

Quick Overview

This summary provides an overview of IEP goals and objectives. It emphasizes the importance of a thorough present level section, measurable and attainable goals, and appropriate services and supports. It also suggests resources for finding goal ideas and offers a reflection tool for reviewing and discussing the IEP. The summary concludes with a reminder to advocate for the least restrictive environment and meaningful goals for your child.

My name is Michelle Harvey and I am a member of the ASF Family Resource Team. I am a special education teacher in Southern California and I have a younger brother with Angelman Syndrome. In this talk, I will be discussing IEP goals and objectives and how they can be beneficial for children with special needs.


IEP (Individualized Education Plan) goals and objectives are an important part of a child’s education plan. They outline the specific skills and areas of development that the child will work on throughout the year. These goals are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual child and are designed to help them make progress in their education.

The Basics of IEP Goals and Objectives

The IEP document consists of several sections, including identification and eligibility information, parent concerns, present levels of academic achievement and functional performance, goals and objectives, accommodations and modifications, and services and supports. Each section plays a crucial role in developing a comprehensive and effective IEP.

Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance

The present levels section describes the child’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as their current academic and functional performance. It should include a detailed description of what the child can and cannot do, as well as any areas of improvement or areas that need further development. This section should be based on multiple sources of data and should provide an accurate and objective assessment of the child’s abilities.

Goals and Objectives

The goals and objectives section outlines the specific skills and areas of development that the child will work on throughout the year. These goals should be measurable, attainable, and specific. They should be based on the child’s present levels of performance and should address their unique needs resulting from their disability. Short-term objectives may also be included to help accomplish the larger annual goals.

Services and Supports

The services and supports section specifies who will provide what kind of instruction to help the child achieve their goals. It should also describe where the instruction will be provided, such as in the general education classroom or in a special education setting. The services and supports should be tailored to meet the individual needs of the child and should provide the least restrictive environment for their education.


IEP goals and objectives are an essential part of a child’s education plan. They provide a roadmap for the child’s progress and help ensure that they receive the support and instruction they need to succeed. By understanding the basics of IEP goals and objectives, parents can be more actively involved in the IEP process and advocate for their child’s needs.

Talk details

  • Title: IEP Goals & Objectives
  • Author(s): Michelle Harvey
  • Author(s)’ affiliation: None
  • Publication date: 2017-08-14
  • Collection: 2017 ASF Family Conference