Sample Reading Comprehension IEP Goals

Instructor: Lori Sturdivant

Lori has a specialist's degree in Instructional Leadership/Mild Moderate and currently serves as the Lead Teacher for The University of Southern Mississippi's Autism Project.

This lesson will teach you how to write reading comprehension goals for individualized education programs (IEPs). The lesson includes several examples, a breakdown of required components, and a goal writing checklist.

Reading Comprehension and the IEP

The goals you choose to write will be individualized based on current reading and instructional level. The following checklist and examples will guide you in writing appropriate goals.

The following components should be included in each IEP goal:

  • Condition
  • Time frame
  • Accuracy
  • Method of measurement
  • Desired behavior
  • Replacement behavior (If exhibiting an undesirable behavior)

Example 1

  • IEP Goal - When presented with text on his instructional level, Johnny will use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words in reading materials with 80% accuracy, as measured by written work samples, by the end of 36 weeks.

Goal Breakdown

  • The condition is 'When presented with text on his instructional level.' The condition states what is happening to get the student started on meeting the goal.

  • The time frame is 'by the end of 36 weeks.' This could be shorter based on your student's needs; some students may only need 9 or 18 weeks to meet this goal.

  • The accuracy for this goal is '80%.' However, you could use '4 out of 5 times' or any other ratio that is measurable.

  • 'As measured by written work samples' is how the progress towards the goal is being measured. You could use 'as measured by oral demonstration,' etc. You can use any form of monitoring as long as the progress towards the goal is being assessed somehow.

  • Also stated is what Johnny will do: 'use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.' This is generally a very specific objective when writing IEP goals for reading comprehension.

Example 2

  • IEP Goal - When presented with grade-level materials, Johnny will answer factual questions about the reading (who, what, when, where, how) 4 out 5 times, as measured by teacher observations, by the end of 36 weeks.

Notice in this goal condition, 'grade-level material' is used instead of 'instructional-level.' The student's need and classroom placement will determine what you use. Most students in inclusion classes will receive instruction on grade level. Students in self-contained classes generally receive their materials at their current instructional level.

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