Annual IEP Goals
Sept 5, 2022. This page is currently being updated. We’ll be done in a couple weeks.
Is there at least one annual IEP goal related to the student’s transition service needs?
- Transition assessment identifies transition services needs the student has, related to achieving postsecondary goals. This is in addition to identifying strengths, preferences, and interests for postsecondary goals.
- Annual goals address transition service needs when they state the present level of academic or functional skill or knowledge related their stated postsecondary goals. that needs to improve.
- Consider all the student’s postsecondary goal areas (education/training, employment, and independent living) when developing the IEP, and identify the specific knowledge and skills the student needs to gain/improve to achieve their postsecondary goals. If that knowledge and skill need is unknown, the team should discuss what formal or informal transition assessment(s) should be performed to identify these needs.
- The annual goal must contain the behavior or skill to be measured, the conditions under which the skill or behavior will be measured, the criterion or level of performance expected, and short-term objectives or benchmarks.
- For Indicator 13 compliance, at least one annual goal must relate to the student’s transition service needs.
Annual goals that address transition service needs give the student an opportunity to build needed skills or knowledge related to their stated interests, strengths, or preferences.
Explanation of the annual goal requirement and how it connects to other transition components on the IEP. 3:11-minutes.
- Annual goal components chart is a slide from the DOE trng, Indicator 13 Compliance, slide showing how to link annual goals to transition service needs.
- Life After High School Transition Tool Kit, (PDF, 80 pages, 2018) from the NH Parent Information Center to help parents understand postsecondary transition planning. Includes examples.
- Measureable Annual Goals and Benchmarks page from New Hampshire exemplar IEPs:
- The I’m Determined website from Virginia offers an online transition guide with lots of ideas for annual goals, broken out by age ranges from 10 to 21. There are sections for independent living, employment, postsecondary education, and self-determination.
- 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.
In revision 9-5-22