When SPED educator Ayo Jones was visiting a teacher and doing classroom observations, she noticed a student sitting alone in the corner. The student was working on his IEP goals while the rest of the class was working on the given assignment. When Jones asked the teacher why the student wasn’t working on the assignment with his peers, she was unapologetic about how his time was better spent working on his IEP goals and not the curriculum with the rest of the class.
The teacher didn’t realize that IEP goals are how we measure progress against the curriculum, it’s not its own thing a student does in isolation. Because of this, the teacher was not helping the student reach state standards.
As educators, it’s possible you could be impeding a student’s learning, even if you have the best intentions. That’s why state standards are so important to keep in mind when creating your IEP plans.
Meeting the standards
State standards demonstrate what a student is expected to learn in each grade level. And remember, state standards apply to all students, including those with disabilities.
A great rule of thumb is the SPIN. SPIN stands for Strengths, Preferences, Interests, and Needs. Strengths is what the student is good at, Preferences are their learning styles (such as whether they like to learn alone or in a group), Interests include hobbies and things that they like, and Needs addresses what tasks are difficult for the student and how others can help them to be more successful. The SPIN is a great way to assess your IEP goals of their quality. Do your IEP goals build on the strengths of the student? Do they acknowledge their preferences, include interests, and address their needs? These are a few questions you can ask yourself when considering your IEP goals for each individual student.
The state standards are a great way to make sure your students are where they need to be in their educational goals. However, even after knowing what the standards for your state are, it can be difficult to align your current education plan with them or adapt to the individual needs of the student. This is what Ayo Jones, a renowned SPED educator, had in mind when she created this course.
The course, Quality Indicators in SPED —Alignment with State Standards, was created to give educators all the tools necessary to help participants align their IEP goals with their states’ standards. After taking this course, you’ll know how to better help your students reach their full potential.
In this 45-minute course from Noodle Nook, you’ll learn:
- The state standards education plans need to meet
- How to align IEP goals and instruction to the state standards
- How to adapt your plan to an individual student’s needs
State standards are a great way to know where your students should be in their education. They provide a great learning progression for skills and ideas, and aligning IEP goals to them is a fantastic way to make sure your students are achieving their full potential.