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What happens if my child did not meet their IEP goal?

What happens if my child did not meet their IEP goal?

Published: Mar. 8, 2022Updated: Mar. 17, 2022

Most importantly, understand that a goal cannot (and should not) directly transfer over to the next year’s IEP. This is to your benefit, as there is a reason your child didn’t meet that goal — something in the environment was missing. Although the skill may still need to be supported, something about the goal needs to change. In this clip, IEP Specialist, Lisa Carey, breaks down what can be done to figure out why a certain goal is not being met. The goal needs to include whatever supports are needed, or we need to change the goal to better meet the need. Whatever the case, a discussion should be had. Do not let the district dictate that discussion and gloss over why the goal was not met.

For more information, see our article Progress Reporting for IEPs.

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