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Goals And Objectives Creation For Special Education Students

Melissa A Gilbert

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Planning and Placement Team Meeting continued. . .

What are goals and objectives?

Goals and objectives are the areas that your child will work on throughout the year in the classroom, with a special education teacher, a counselor or in some other way. Hey have to be monitored and measured. Monitoring can be through completion of tasks, teacher observation, etc. The measurement can be through grades, standardized tests or mastery of a task. Each goal and subsequent objectives has a page dedicated to it. Goals can be related to academics, self-help skills, behavior, counseling, etc.

How are goals and objectives created?

  1. The team including yourself (the parent) will talk about your child's strengths and weaknesses. Goals/objectives will reflect areas that a child needs assistance in.
  2. Any classes taken with a special education teacher will have their own set of goals/objectives.
  3. Depending on the age of your child, he or she may need transition goals from one school to the next or post-graduation
  4. Behavior goals are generally for mild behavior problems. Students with serious behavior issues generally have a behavior intervention plan made up separately from an Individualized Education Plan.
  5. Other goals may be added as necessary in terms of community participation, general education participation, self-help skills, etc.
  6. Children with Occupational, Speech or Physical Therapy needs will have goals related to these areas as well.

Who writes the goal page?

The special education teacher generally writes the goals and objectives with input from the team. Certain goals related to counseling, speech therapy, etc. would be written by the individuals providing the service.

Can a parent request certain goals/objectives?

Certainly. Most teachers will work with the parent in creating goals and objectives that both feel are appropriate and in the best interests of the child. Also, if there are goals or objectives that you feel are not needed or are inappropriate talk to the individual about it and see why it was created and discuss whether or not it is relevant.

Melissa Gilbert

Melissa is a special education teacher in the state of Connecticut. She has been teaching students with learning and behavior disabilities for the past 8 years.


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