Measurable Goals in an IEP: Examples & Definition

Instructor: Elizabeth Kroll

Elizabeth has taught English and has a master's degree in curriculum and instruction.

Explore the world of the Individual Education Program, including the definition, the writing of measurable goals, and an example of an IEP goal. A definition of the plan and the individuals involved in its creation are discussed. Three areas of focus for drafting goals as well as the way in which goals are determined are areas of focus.


Individual Education Programs (IEPs) are a vital part of our educational system. They are similar to other programs designed to help an individual improve performance.

Let's think for a moment about the development of an exercise program or a plan for a garden. An exercise plan is a type of plan that helps an individual improve overall fitness and health. A garden plan helps to increase the aesthetics of your environment or to help produce food for consumption. The Individual Education Program (IEP) is basically a plan for a student who struggles with a disability that hinders academic success. Each IEP is a collaborative effort of an IEP team, which usually includes teachers, administrators, evaluators, parents, students, and a special education specialist.

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