Develop Your Child’s IEP

Develop Your Child’s IEP

Everything you need to know about the present levels section of your child’s IEP/ARD

Federal Law, IDEA lays out what every IEP needs to include for your child. Each and every section of the IEP is important and gives the IEP team important information in developing the program. Today we will focus on the present levels of academic achievement and functional performance. This is called different things depending on where you live but it should always be where the team starts when developing a program.

Develop Your Child’s IEP Present Levels

IDEA states that an IEP must include a statement of the child’s present levels of academic achievement (reading, writing, math) and functional performance (Communication, Motor, Social, Emotional, Behavioral Functioning, Self-Care, Vocational) including:

  • How the child’s disability affects the child’s involvement and progress in the general education curriculum (i.e., the same curriculum as for nondisabled children); or
  • For preschool children, as appropriate, how the disability affects the child’s participation in appropriate ac

Present Levels can be determined in any of the following ways;

  • Informal assessment 
  • Formal assessment
  • Observation
  • Teacher input
  • Student input
  • IEP team input

Some tips for writing the present levels of performance:

  1. Should be specific
  2. Should include data
  3. Should say what a student CAN do
  4. Should say what a student CAN’T do
  5. Should be individualized
  6. Should change each year

Remember- each section of your child’s IEP is important and starting out with solid present levels of performance is just as important as building your house on a strong foundation! Get more resources for helping your child become successful here and begin to develop your child’s IEP.

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