IEP Goal Banks can be your best resource for helping write goals for your child’s IEP. The IEP Team is suppose to write the goals together, but often the school staff writes it before the parent gets involved. That is why in my book, Special Ed Mom Survival Guide, I teach you how to write SMART goals and why it is important to review any goals that are added to your child’s IEP.
IEP Goal Banks are online databases or documents that have searchable goals you can use in your child’s IEP. It is well worth the time to research the banks and find goals that cover similar territory. You may modify the goals you find, but they give you a good starting point and a lot of ideas for generating your own goals. In this way you can help the IEP come up with goals that make sure your child makes meaningful progress.
It is important to keep a record of your child’s IEP goals, as well as records of the progress they have made. In my IEP Organizer, the Ultimate IEP Binder Tool Kit, I provide a section for you to track your child’s progress over the years.
General IEP Goal Banks
1. IEP Goals and Objectives by Bridges4Kids
This bank is integrated with the eSIS SPED Full software. You do not need to have the software to use it though. It provides goal objectives, but not fully written goals. It is organized by subject matter, then skill mastery and final specific objectives. While it will not give you complete goals, it provides an excellent resource for determining which skills to focus on.
2. IEP Goals and Objectives by Wamego USD 320 School District
This bank provides goals sorted by subject and then by grade level. It offers 131 pages of specific goals that are prewritten using the IEP Goal Formula.
3. IEP Goals by State of Illinois
Organized by subject, this IEP goal bank identifies specific goals and how they relate to learning objectives. It provides developmentally appropriate skill levels for different grades, which provides a way of determining the next achievement level for your child. It does not give specific language for the goals, but is a unique tool to help plan progress.
4. 800+ IEP Goals and Objectives (on Teachers Pay Teachers)
While you have to pay for this IEP Goal bank, it provides a plethora if editable ideas that you can use in all areas of academic and behavioral instruction.
5. The School Psych Goal Writing Resources
School psychologists are often the best at writing appropriate goals for students. This goal bank
6. PrAACtical Goals That Matter
This Goal Bank provides a lot of goal suggestions, but the best part is the detailed instructions on how to word a goal so that it is very specific and measurable.
7. Angelman Syndrome Goals & Objectives
A general goal bank that allows you to search by goal type and specific areas of intervention. This Goal Bank also allows you to add new goals to help grow the inventory.
8. Exceed IEP Goal Resource
In Microsoft Word format, this Goal Bank has hundreds of editable goals organized by category.
9. School District 50 IEP Goals
A Microsoft Word document with thousands of goals organized by topic and with multiple variations.
10. Mrs. Weaver’s IEP Goal Bank
An editable Google Doc, this bank has goals for writing and speech.
11. Medford School District IEP Goals and Objectives
Separated into four PDFs and organized by subject, this Goal Bank gives you 100’s of examples of focusing your child’s progress.
12. Crown Point Community School Goals
In PDF format, this goal bank has examples for all academic and behavioral areas. It also offers suggestions on how to write an optimum goal based on the percentage of proficiency for the child.
Autism IEP Goal Banks
13. IEP Goals by Autism Educators
Organized by subject that specific skill, the Autism Educators goal bank provides hundreds of goals across all skill levels. The interesting piece of this goal bank is they attach products to the goal, so if you are not sure how to help the goal, they give you a specific resource to do so. The goal information is free, while most of the products you have to buy.
14. The Autism Helper Goal Writing
While not extensive, these very specific goals are an excellent resource for common challenges faced by autistic students.
Speech IEP Goal Banks
15. Speaking of Speech Goals Ideas
Hundreds of speech goals organized by speech challenges. Includes benchmarks and objectives to ensure the goal is the appropriate challenge for the student.
16. BiLinguistics IEP SLP Goals
Organized by specific speech issues, these goals are easy to copy and customize so they are relevant and measurable for your student.
17. The Speech Stop Goals
All the goals in this Goal Bank are written based on present levels of performance. They take into consideration behavior, condition, criteria and timeframe so they conform to the SMART goal format.
18. Speech Musings Middle School Goals
Middle school students often have different goals when it comes to speech, and this Goal Bank takes that into considering. It includes social skills goals as well as goals organized by speech challenges.
Social/Emotional IEP Goal Banks
19. Sonoma SELPA Social/Emotional Goals
8 pages of social emotional goals organized by the social skills objective for the student.
Behavioral IEP Goal Banks
20. IEP Behavioral and Counseling Goal Menu
An extensive list of detailed behavioral goals. All you have to do is insert the students name and you are good to go.
Language Arts IEP Goal Banks
21. Weaverlist Language Arts Goals
Organized around specific writing challenges, this goal bank includes detailed, measurable goals to help the student make meaningful progress.
What an outstanding site to offer parents any one else who is interested. I am a special ed elementary and substitute teacher. I love working with my students who have special needs and their parents. I also am one teacher who believes in educating parents about the rights they have. As I see what continues to be the disparaging situations between what schools are legally supposed to be doing and what the reality of the situation I find myself wanting to step behind from my teacher’s desk and go sit with the parent and their child .
The problem is how does one become an advocate of parents. And especially how does one make this a paid position?
Can you share how you got started or point me in a direction to begin?
Thank you very much for what you do and for any future guidance.