Questions for Developing an Appropriate IEP

Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance

  • Are all academic and functional skills identified?
  • Are social, emotional and behavioral needs identified?

Annual Goals

  • Are the goals measurable, reasonable and attainable?
  • Are all academic and behavioral needs addressed?
  • Is each goal reflective of the student’s needs?

IEP Services

  • What types of specialized instruction or services, including behavioral interventions, does my child need?
  • Where will services be provided and who will provide them?
  • When will services begin and end?
  • Does the IEP include a Positive Behavioral Intervention Plan if the student’s behavior interferes with learning?
  • Does the student need assistive technology to help him/her  with class work, homework or long term assignments?


  • Does the student need preferential seating or extended time for assignment completion and/or tests?
  • Does the student need modifications for class work, homework, or behavior?
  • Will the student need accommodations or modifications to participate in statewide/district-wide assessments?

Monitoring Progress

  • How will the student’s progress be measured?
  • How and when will I be informed of progress?
  • How will I know if the progress is enough so that he/she will achieve his/her goals by the end of the year?