In order to measure your child's progress, the Individualized Education
Program (IEP) team must first indentify her current levels as a base line
or a starting point for creating goals. Present levels of academic achievement
and functional performance are based on data from objective assessments.
The team uses this data to write measurable IEP goals that will allow
you and the school to monitor your child's progress.
Every IEP should say how progress towards annual goals will be recorded
and monitored. Parents should receive progress reports that the school
may issue quarterly or with report cards. Your child's IEP must describe
how your child's progress toward the annual goals will be measured
and when you will receive progress reports. Be aware of progress being
reported by "teacher observation." When a child's progress
is monitored by subjective "teacher observations," parents do
not have objective data about their child's progress toward the goals
in the IEP.
Ask your child's teachers and service providers how and when they will
measure your child's progress. You may ask:
- How often will you measure my child's progress?
- What tests or assessments will you use to measure my child's progress?
- How often will you communicate with me about my child's progress of
lack of progress?
20 U.S.C.§ 1414(d)(1)(A)(i)(I)
20 U.S.C.§ 1414(d)(1)(A)(i)(III)
34 C.F.R. §300.320(a)(1)
34 C.F.R. §300.320(a)(3)