That is Not the Way We Set a Reading Comprehension IEP Goals
In the 3D Learner world, we believe a Reading Comprehension IEP Goals should be set to get your child back to grade level, in one, two or three years where possible. Instead, we see Reading Goals being …
“Matthew will master words with silent e 4 out of 5 times” – that was for a 5th grade student — this was the reading goal — there was no comprehension goal — despite the fact that Susie’s reading comprehension was 2.5 years below grade level
“Given a grade level passage, Robert will be able to answer questions correctly in 4 out of 5 cases”.
“When I asked in this case if this meant the student would be reading at grade level, the answer was “No that would be unreasonable”
“James will improve his reading comprehension by 1 grade level”. When I asked why we would not set the goal to improve his reading comprehension by 1.5 grade levels, I was told, “We do not set goals for more than one years growth”
Our View: Reading Comprehension IEP Goals Should Drive Towards Grade Level Performance
At one meeting, a School Official told us they do not set specific reading comprehension IEP goals. I shared our perspective, that “Where possible we should set the Reading Comprehension IEP Goal to either get the child back to grade level or to at least close the gap”.
While there was some initial resistance, we did start to negotiate a goal. Unlike our Congress, what followed was a very legitimate negotiation. We did set the IEP Reading Comprehension Goal to close the gap — and then we agreed on what the school could do differently and what the parent could do differently. The child did get additional services and the parents agreed on one key goal — to get their child to school on time. Often our students have difficulty getting up, but since the reading bloc is often done first thing in the morning, it is critical for the student to be at school on time. We often have parents commit to certain things and then once outside the meeting we discuss what else can be done.
Achieving Reading Comprehension IEP Goals – What More Can Be Done?
We spoke to the parents after the meeting and agreed that:
- They would use a visual schedule to get their child up and going in the morning
- They would go to the optometrist and get him glasses
- They would read with their son 6 days a week
- They would write affirmation cards for their son — and he would read them twice a day
- Mom would do the same for what she was going to accomplish
We believe that IEP Reading Comprehension Goals are the ante to play the game. What really matters is the follow through. Our goal in cases like this is to develop a plan with the parents to achieve the goal within 6 to 9 months — if not sooner.
If you would like help setting Reading Comprehension Goals or better yet, helping your child to be all he or she can be, either:
- Call us at 561-361-7495
- Take our Success Assessment with your child, you will get immediate feedback and you can then call for our Stress to Success Strategy Session