Tools for Tracking an IEP

Association of Educators
August 3, 2012 — 1,134 views  

An Individual Educational Plan (IEP) is a program provided by public schools that individualizes education for students with delayed skills or disabilities. These programs are free of charge to families and can provide tremendous support to students who have difficulty learning and functioning in a school setting compared to other students.

A variety of conditions may qualify a child for an IEP. Some of the reasons include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), emotional disorders, learning disabilities, autism, hearing, visual or language impairment and developmental delays.

Teachers and special education staff members who work with students who have an IEP can utilize certain methods and tools for tracking IEP progress and annual goals. According to the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs, effective IEP tracking allows teachers to make informed instructional decisions, identify accelerated learning and communicate with parents and other professionals more effectively.

TeachHub.com provides a variety of tips for teachers for setting and tracking IEP goals. One of the top suggestions is having an IEP goal pages binder. A binder is easy to carry around throughout the day and this can include an IEP goal page for each student where teachers can mark directly on the page. The great thing about having a binder like this is that the pages can be personalized to include the most important or relevant information about students' IEP goals. The source suggests including columns for the goal, date, notes and progress code.

There are also many online resources that can help teachers and special education staff members keep track of IEP progress and goals. For instance, the National Center on Student Progress Monitoring has many valuable resources that can be used to assess the academic performance and progress of students. On this website there are several webinars, articles and other tools that may be useful for teachers working with IEP students and looking for advice on how to track progress.

Goal Tracker is another organization that makes it simple to track progress for IEP goals and behaviors. This company offers web-based software that teachers can sign up for and use in minutes. Student goals can be entered into the database to make these goals measurable and data can be tracked as often as needed. Furthermore, teachers can create progress charts and graphs and print out reports in seconds to give parents and other professionals.

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