What is a “SMART” IEP goal?

Parent Question
Feb. 2, 2022Updated Mar. 17, 2022

IEP goals should be written using a SMART design:

  • Specific (Who/What?) What will your child learn to do?
  • Measurable (How?) How will the goal be measured?
  • Achievable (Where?) Where is your child coming from? Where are they headed?
  • Relevant (Why?) Why is this goal important? Why is this goal a priority?
  • Timely (When?) When does the student need to meet the goal? How frequently will progress be monitored?

For more about writing IEP goals, including plenty of examples, check out our IEP Goal-Writing Guide.


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