IEPs and The Common Core State Standards

IEPs and The Common Core State Standards

Thomas Foote

Consultant SERC

Leadership Initiative

Grade Level Standards

• Plan for use of:

• Instructional supports

• Accommodations

• Assistive Technology

IEP Goals

Selecting IEP Goals to Promote


• Become familiar with

state standards

• Become familiar with the

state’s approach to

extending standards

• Keep the planning


• Consider both specific

academic goals and

broad access goals

• Ask the question: “It is

really academic?”

• Do not “Force Fit” all

goals and objectives into

CCSS. Start with

academic content


Resource for CCSS and IEPs


When IEPs Promote Alignment

Writing Measureable IEP Goals

• Short-term objectives

should provide a

progression towards

achievement of the

annual goal.

The objectives should

target skills that are

clearly measureable.

The IEP team can build

from present level of

functioning to annual

goal, by writing

objectives that fill in the

levels between the two


IEP Rubric

IEP Content

• Gap Analysis of Present Level of


• Levels of Support: Supplemental

Instruction, Accommodations,


• IEP SMART Goals & Objectives:

Specific, Measurable,

Achievable, Relevant, and Time


• Types of Support and Placement

Rubric Rating

• Unacceptable

• Emerging

• Progressing

• Promising Practice

• Instrument

IEP Rubric Instrument

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Thomas Foote, SERC, 860-632-1485, Ext. 395 ,

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