Annual IEP goals are one-year goals that will advance the student towards his or her measurable postsecondary goals.
- An annual transition goal is a statement of measurement of a student’s progress in a specific skill or behavior related to his/her transition service needs, over a period of one year. The goal contains the behavior or skill to be measured, the conditions under which the skill or behavior will be measured, and the criterion or level of performance expected.
- For each of the postsecondary goal areas (i.e., employment, postsecondary training, and independent living), an annual goal and short-term objectives or benchmarks are included in the IEP related to the student’s transition services needs.
- Annual goals should focus on the transition service needs of the student.
- An annual goal can be used to measure the student’s progress related to specific transition services that are being provided.
- As with any annual goal, it must be measurable.
Adapted from O’Leary (2010), Reviewer Reference Form for the Transition Requirements Checklist©
- Life After High School Transition Tool Kit, written to help parents understand issues related to postsecondary transition planning. Includes examples.
- Website focused on engaging youth in their own transition programming. Written for professionals to provide assistance and information related to postsecondary transition: www.youth-move.org/transition-basics/transition-services/course-study-and-annual-iep-goals
- Measureable Annual Goals and Benchmarks page from New Hampshire exemplar IEPs:
- An online transition guide with lots of good ideas for annual goals, broken out by age. Divided into sections for independent living, employment, postsecondary education, and self-determination: www.imdetermined.org/quick_links/transition_guide/
- The TAGG (Transition Assessment and Goal Generator) helps you use transition assessments to develop annual transition goals. The TAGG professional, student, and family versions identify students’ strengths and needs, then provide annual transition goals.
- A one-hour webinar from the Stratford Learning Center in New Hampshire, part three of a series. Part 3 focuses on developing annual goals that help students increase skills or knowledge in areas that are relevant to their transition service needs:Developing Annual Goals That Address Transition Service Needs (Part 3):
Is (are) there annual IEP goal(s) related to the student’s transition service needs?
For New Hampshire Indicator 13 requirements and information, visit: www.education.nh.gov/instruction/special_ed/sec_trans.htm
Interview with Dr. Ed O’Leary: Annual IEP Goals
Overview of the Annual Goal Requirement