The term SMART IEPs describes IEPs that are specific, measurable, use action words, are realistic and relevant, and time-limited.
S – Specific goals and objectives. Specific goals target areas of academic achievement and functional performance.
M -Measurable goals and objectives. Measurable means you can count or observe it. With measurable goals, you will know when the child reaches the goal.
A -Use Action Words like: “The child will be able to . . .”
R – Realistic and relevant. Have realistic, relevant goals and objectives that address the child’s unique needs; goals are not based on district curricula, state or district tests, or other external standards.
T – Time-limited. Time-limited goals and objectives enable you to monitor progress at regular intervals.