Inside: Browse our comprehensive IEP goal bank to streamline your special education planning. Find ready-made individualized education program goals for students with diverse needs. Includes many IEP Goal Examples.

A well-written IEP goal is essential to the IEP and special education. How can you monitor progress if you don’t know what you are aiming at?

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If you scroll to the bottom, you will find a PDF of printable IEP goals.

IEP Goals Examples

Is it ethical to use an IEP goal bank? I’ve had parents and school staff both tell me that it’s not.

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Obviously, I disagree. There’s nothing wrong with looking at IEP goal examples and individualizing them to meet a specific child.

Smart IEP Goals

What you will find here are many lists of IEP goals. For the most part, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. However, IEP goals should be specific to the child’s needs. And, they need to be SMART IEP Goals. You can click that link to read more on making your goals SMART.

IEP Goal Bank

Finding great ideas (and there are literally thousands here) is just one step toward a solid IEP.

IEP Goals for Autism

Autism and Sensory IEP Goals

Teachers and Staff
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Grade Level IEP Goals

At the bottom of this section, I will include the IEP goal formula. You can take any skill, any time frame, and plug it into the formula to make it measurable.

However, again, please remember that the goals are developed on baselines in the IEP present levels. It may be inappropriate to take core standards skills and make an IEP goal if that goal is not attainable in the next year or so.

But, what are the baselines? If a child is behind his/her age and grade peers, the goal should be personalized to them.

What I’m not so succinctly saying is this: IEP goals are based on a child’s existing skill set. And not just an age, grade, or calendar expectation.

I have heard from parents in the past who were told “Well, we have to write goals based on core standards.” IDEA is very clear that goals are based on evaluations. It’s an exercise in futility to write a goal that a child cannot reasonably achieve in one school year.

IEP goal bank worksheet.

Measurable IEP Goals

Remember that the student’s every area of need should be listed in IEP present levels. Use the baselines in PLAAFP to develop the goals.

The IEP Goal Bank is currently being reworked and improved. It may change often over the next few weeks, but the end result is that the new IEP goal bank will be easier to navigate.

Independent Functioning and Life Skills

Social Emotional IEP Goals

Executive Functioning IEP Goals

Math IEP Goals

Reading and Writing IEP Goals

Occupational Therapy IEP Goals

But, wait! There’s more! (these are supposed to appear in alphabetical order)

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Printable IEP Goal Lists

All of the links below are a PDF. You will have to have Adobe on your computer to open or download a PDF. Not recommended for phones. Shared with permission.

This is the same assortment of lists as above, just in a different format. Long time users of this IEP goal bank were mad when I removed it during a previous update.

Lists of IEP Goals

In addition to the common requests that I get for IEP goals listed above, there are many more below. Just scroll through the titles and images, and surely you will have more IEP goal ideas than you know what to do with.


Printable IEP Goal Bank

Here you go. I consolidated the printable IEP goals and objectives bank. It is over 100 pages, so if you are going to print it, be aware. You might want to send it to Kinko’s or Staples and have it bound so that you can use it as a reference.

I hope this helps and you can always email us if you want us to compile more lists.

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