Special Education

CSPD Training Project
Module One: The Massachusetts IEP Process

Introduction — Measurable Annual Goals and Objectives/Benchmarks

Special educators and administrators have consistently requested training on the development of measurable annual goals and objectives/benchmarks. In response, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has developed this unit that includes an emphasis on skill building goals. As the Team develops skill building goals, objectives and benchmarks they need to:

  • consider what will make the biggest difference as they choose the goal focus(es),
  • make sure that goals, objectives and benchmarks are interdisciplinary,
  • write goals that contain a 1) target behavior , 2) condition, and 3) criteria, and
  • build a data collection system that will ensure measurability.

Used as a packaged plan, annual goals and objectives/benchmarks will be measurable. The goal of this unit is to present this concept to general educators, special educators, related service providers, paraprofessionals, and administrators.

This unit should be presented in the following order:

  1. The Massachusetts IEP Process: Addressing Unique Student Needs Through Sound Implementation Practices Download PowerPoint File

  2. Activity:

    1. Diagramming a Goal
      1. Diagramming a Goal exercise Download Word Document
      2. Diagramming a Goal answer sheet Download Word Document

    2. In small groups, participants will examine the goals, objective and/or benchmarks written on IEPs provided by the district, or brought by participants.
      1. First they will check the existing goals for all the components and discuss its measurability.
      2. They will then to re-write a skill building goal considering the 'Current Level of Performance' with all the necessary components, and develop a data collection system.

    3. The entire group will critique the work of the individual groups.

  3. Handouts

    1. Examples of Measurable Annual, Goals Download Word Document
    2. Bloom's Taxonomy Download Word Document
    3. Action verbs Download Word Document
    4. Power Verbs Download Word Document
    5. IEP Goals Template Download Word Document
    6. Terms of Measurability Download Word Document
    7. Data Collection Sample — Weekly review Download Word Document
    8. Data Collection Sample — Data Sheet Download Word Document
    9. Data Collection Sample — Daily Log Download Word Document

Last Updated: July 18, 2014

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