Task list that represents a paper process that teachers used to follow to plan standards-based goals for students
Written by Laurie McDanel on August 29, 2021

Multiple Tiers of Instruction

Why do your students need standards-based IEPs?

Nothing gives educators more joy than to see their students succeed in life! For those who have taught for many years, seeing your former students all grown up is very moving. They may stop to tell you thanks. He or she may say that because of your faith in me, I am now earning a living. I have a future because of you.

What makes the difference for students with disabilities is educators who have high expectations. They know that their students have a right to access the general curriculum and the state standards. They believe in standards-based IEPs.

See the letter here. By providing standards-based IEPs, students can work with grade-level content. Giving students access to grade-level content allows them to have the opportunity to receive a high school diploma.

Additionally, IEP teams consider the appropriate Universal Design for Learning strategies (UDL) to help students achieve their goals. UDL is a powerful approach to incorporate into instruction. It involves 3 guiding principles. First, presenting information in multiple ways. Secondly, providing different ways to engage everyone. Lastly, providing options for students to demonstrate understanding. In summary, UDL provides multiple ways for students to access the content standards.


See examples of Dot It’s standards-based IEPs here.

Download this infographic as your own personal reference to the standards.

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