SMART is an acronym to help you develop goals that meet these requirements.

SMART is an acronym to help you develop goals that meet these requirements.

Figure 5.  SMART goals chart.  This visual provides an easy way to understand the component parts of an IEP goal. Source: http://studentsuccess.unc.edu/setting-goals/

· SPECIFIC:  The goal includes clear descriptions of the knowledge and skills that will be taught.

· MEASURABLE:  This means that the skill can be counted and will allow parent and teachers to know how much progress the child has made over a specific period of time.

· ATTAINABLE:  The goals must be a reasonable estimate of the child’s ability to attain.

· RELEVANT:  The relevant goals must address the child’s identified needs that result from the disability and are not based on the curriculum or other tests.

· TIME-BOUND:  The goals must be limited by time. Most often, the 12-month period is used.  This allows you to monitor progress at regular intervals of time.


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