This activity is intended to help educators and administrators analyze whether the parts of the individualized education program (IEP) work together and ensure that they are driven by student needs as described in the present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP) statement. Specifically, the activity will ask educators to analyze the alignment between the students’ needs and the proposed services and goals within the IEP. By completing the activity, participants will be able to
- identify the needs, services, and goals outlined in the IEP,
- analyze how the identified needs connect to the proposed services and aids and annual goals, and
- reflect on how well the parts of the IEP align and whether the IEP is addressing all the needs.
The activity should be facilitated by a knowledge facilitator. It is expected to take between 20-60 minutes to complete the activity, depending on the needs of participants. The activity facilitator guide provides an overview of the activity, materials needed, suggested agendas for the activity, and key ideas to reinforce within the activity. An accompanying participant handout can be used to support participants in completing the activity.