INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATIONAL PLAN ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
Every student identified to have a disability has an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) for
classroom instruction, accommodations, and any needed curriculum modifications or services
outside of the classroom. The IEP is a legal document that must be followed by every
professional in an academic arena. The IEP is developed from a variety of assessments, including
observations, classroom performance, informal and formal testing, information from
parents/caregivers/teachers, and/or portfolios of the student’s work.
The present level of performance (PLOP) is a summary of what the student needs to be
successful in the classroom and/or in life in general. Therefore, the PLOP is vital to developing
annual goals for the student in the classroom. Once the annual goals are identified, short-term
objectives towards those goals are developed.
The short-term objectives are task analyses. They demonstrate the specific steps to take to help
the student reach the annual goal(s). Therefore, short-term objectives change and evolve over
time as the student moves towards reaching the goal(s). Short-term objectives are not annual
goals rewritten with a different level of learning.
Once the annual goals have been developed with the short-term objectives identified of how the
student will reach those goals, the IEP is then created. The IEP is the “roadmap” that all
individuals in the student’s life follow to help the student reach the short-term objectives in order
to fulfill the annual goals. Every year, the annual goals will be examined for a student’s
eligibility in SPED, where the multidisciplinary team will compile their results to determine need
in ensuing academic years.
The primary, overarching goal in the IEP process is student independence. The short-term
objectives should show how stakeholders are going to get the student to reach the annual goal(s)
as an independent learner. Independence is always the goal.
In this course, you will develop an IEP for Donta in two separate assignments. First, you will
develop an IEP for Donta with a focus on math, reading, and writing. In a subsequent module,
you will then develop the remainder of the Donta’s IEP for social studies, science, and social-
Learn about Donta by reading the provided Donta’s Present Level of Performance (PLOP).
Using the information within Donta’s PLOP, complete the provided Individualized
Educational Plan Template as it applies for each assignment. An Individualized Educational
Plan Example has been provided as a model and reference for you as you complete this
assignment. No part of the example is to be copied.
Use professional writing in your summaries. Avoid the use of slang, contractions, idioms, etc.
Refer to the grading rubrics for these assignments for more information on the expectations of
Instructions for Individualized Educational Plan: Math, Reading, and Writing
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Using the provided Individualized Educational Plan Template, fill out the
demographic information. For any demographic information not provided in the
PLOP, you may fictionalize that information.
Summarize in your own words Donta’s present level of performance in the math,
reading, and writing areas. You will complete the social studies, science, social-
emotional, and remaining areas in a later assignment.
Develop one annual goal and three short-term objectives for the math, reading,
and writing areas. Remember to write the goals and objectives to be observable
and measurable (e.g., “The student will decode a short story with 90% word
recognition accuracy by 2/16/2022”).
Be sure the short-term objectives are designed to support the student in reaching
the annual goal you have developed for each subject area.
Instructions for Individualized Educational Plan: Social Studies, Science, and
After receiving instructor feedback on your Individualized Educational Plan:
Math, Reading, and Writing Assignment, make any suggested revisions to your
Individualized Educational Plan Template.
Refer to Donta’s Present Level of Performance (PLOP) to complete the social
studies, science, and social-emotional areas of the assignment template. Although
there is no specific information on social studies or science, Donta’s reading and
writing challenges will impact those content areas.
Develop one annual goal and three short-term objectives for the social studies,
science, and social-emotional areas. Be sure the short-term objectives are
designed to support the student in reaching the annual goal you have developed
for each area.
Using your professional judgment and diagnosis, complete the Special Education
and Related Services portion of the template. Determine if or what types of
services, accommodations, and/or modifications are needed for Donta to reach the
o Services are those special circumstances when the student is outside of the
classroom with another professional.
o Accommodations are ways to accommodate learning, such as larger font
for reading, spell checker for spelling errors, a chart for multiplication.
o Modifications are those choices that change the curriculum, such as a
sixth grader being able to use fourth grade math.
o Accommodations and modifications are never to be included in short-term
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