A GPS to Guide High‑Quality IEP Development

n2y Staff

Unique learners are working toward their IEP goals all day, every day. During this time they interact with multiple special education team members, and because IEP development involves the entire special education team and myriad details on each student, information sharing is a critical piece of the process. A comprehensive instructional delivery system that fits the needs of each student is the best source of information for developing, writing and tracking high-quality IEPs—a system that delivers lessons, assesses and monitors progress, and tracks participation and skill levels is continually gathering and analyzing the key information that will inform an IEP.

Unique Learning System® is one such program: comprehensive instructional delivery integrated with the assessment and data tracking support tools that are vital to successful IEP development. Cloud-based for easy, secure access, these program components help ensure and demonstrate compliance with mandated guidelines to yield the best possible results for your students. Here’s how:

Using the System to Inform and Write Effective IEPs

Using the System to Write Effective IEPs
Unique Learning System’s embedded Goals, Preferences and Skills (GPS) feature is a powerful assessment and data collection center. It provides assessment data that is instrumental in the collaborative IEP planning process and the development of ambitious and measurable annual goals—vital components of a high-quality IEP.

To start the process, GPS helps to guide fulfillment of the present levels of educational performance section of an IEP in various ways:

K–12 Student Learning Profiles

Student Learning Profiles
Maintaining observations and present levels of performance on targeted skills and standards within the Profile field for each student provides the foundation for a descriptive, thorough and academic-based account. This ongoing record keeping is both time-saving and efficient.

Access and Participation Tracking Results

Access and Participation Tracking Results
Details gathered in the areas of access, vision, sensory, communication and social behaviors create a 360-degree profile of each student—also essential to the IEP and helpful for teams in identifying accommodations and modifications.

Tools for Developing IEP Goals and Documenting Progress

Benchmark Assessments
Unique Learning System Benchmark Assessments provide valuable data on specific skills targeted in IEPs. Administer selected Benchmarks to determine the viability of a proposed IEP goal or to provide a baseline for a goal. Then administer the Benchmark at the midpoint (or quarterly) to collect IEP progress data to determine if the student is on track for mastery, and again at the end of the IEP cycle to measure and report growth.

Benchmark Assessments
Monthly Pre- and Post-Checkpoint Assessments provide another source of information by monitoring monthly growth of some targeted skills. The Checkpoint Detailed Analysis report is also extremely helpful during IEP planning as it can help identify areas of skill deficiency that the student is more likely to work on mastering within an IEP year.

Tracked Skills
The Skill Tracking tool aids in more effectively identifying and monitoring skills correlated to IEP goals. Track skills for an individual or a group, and see a complete summary of related Benchmark and Checkpoint data, relevant instructional strategies and recommended materials all in one place.

Facilitating a Successful IEP Process

Self-Help Skills
Supporting the IEP process, profiles within Unique Learning System include the ability to document observations by IEP team members involved in the profile creation. Providing a platform for this required team collaboration and its completion of observational profiles results in a report that can better prepare the team for productive IEP planning, goal writing and ongoing implementation.

Printed Assessment
Caregivers and service providers who are unable to attend can complete the printable profile and submit their input for consideration when the remaining team members meet.

Supporting the Whole IEP Process—and Nurturing the Whole Student

With accuracy and simplicity, the GPS stores students’ data over time and provides a range of insightful reports, enabling educators and administrators to document and compare progress at the student, grade band, school or district level. And if students are moving on to a new classroom, their next teacher has detailed insights into their current level of performance and is prepared to develop new IEP goals for them.

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