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Are Your Child’s IEP Goals Appropriately Ambitious?

When helping the IEP team write goals, the law requires that the goals are appropriately ambitious. This will mean different things for different children. If a child is taking swimming lessons and making progress in a freestyle stroke, for example, an instructor wouldn't plan to continue working on the same type of stroke. That instructor would incorporate a backstroke or maybe move the child into deeper waters with the freestyle stroke. The same concept applies to IEPs when developing the goals. In consideration of a 2017 U.S. Supreme Court decision (Endrew F.), schools should be especially aware that a school can't write a goal that is appropriately ambitious if the school expects your child to stay at the same learning level. Parents and teachers, alike, should look at all the information available to determine where your child is, what your child has accomplished, and what your child can do next. Also, remember that goals should be developed for one full year, not just one academic school year, based on the annual IEP review.