Special Education Writing IEP Help Guide for Inclusion How to Write IEPs with Goal Bank



Make writing IEP Special Education plans for students in an inclusion setting easy and efficient.

When I first started writing IEPs (Individualized Education Program), I spent hours trying to perfect the language within them. I found myself constantly opening old IEPs to see how I worded a particular page or how many minutes were included in an instructional week.

After a handful of times, I realized the large amount of time I was wasting while also seeing the extreme benefit of simplifying the process by using scripted phrases for IEPs. My solution to my slow writing was to create a document packed with ready to insert sentences and key phrases for each area of the IEP.

Originally, I created an IEP help guide for myself and went on to share it with dozens of co-workers through the years.  The IEP Help Guide became packed with key phrases, alternative writing, and a goal bank.

I also learned that there are two very different IEP formats: one for inclusion students and one for severe/moderate students. This guide is for the INCLUSION version only.

Writing IEP bundle includes

  • Special Education IEP Help Guide for Inclusion Students (pdf & Google editable download)
  • Special Education IEP Educational Goals for Inclusion Students (pdf & Google editable download)
  • ISP: Independent Study Plan Guide for Home Schooling Conferences
  • Social Work Evaluation Guide
  • Daily Inclusion Anecdotal Sheet
  • Procedures for Determining Participation in the Alternate Assessment
  • Student Exit Information

Click here for both the inclusion and severe/moderate guide together.

Along with the IEP help guide are other documents useful for writing and monitoring.

If you are ready to improve your IEP writing and drastically reduce the time you spend writing IEPs, then this simplified help guide is for you! This packet will provide you with an organized and easy to read cheat sheet to copy and paste into your IEPs. To speed up the writing process even more, I created a clickable table of contents. I find this is really helpful for me to get to the spot within an IEP that I am looking for and especially during an IEP meeting when I need to insert something quickly.

Please note that the federally mandated sections of the IEP are the same throughout the United States but there may be different wordings and additional sections depending on your location.

I have included a goal bank with 91 goals. These will help you generate comprehensive goals for your students while targeting the skills needed to succeed and providing you with measurable data.


Scripted Dialogue and Valuable Examples for IEP Sections

  • Describe the Strengths of Student
  • Enter Progress Monitoring Data
  • Present levels of academic achievement and functional performance
  • Eligibility Determination
  • Special Considerations and Behavioral Concerns
  • Transition Findings
  • Post-Secondary Goals
  • State Assessment and Other Participation
  • Accommodations
  • Goals
  • Provisions
  • Transportation
  • Accessible Materials
  • Assistive Technology
  • Extended School Year
  • Aids/Supports
  • Progress Report Timeline
  • Emergency Evacuation Plan
  • Least Restrictive Environment Placement
  • Possible Harmful Effects
  • Participation in Physical Education Program
  • Summary of Performance


Useful for students with an identified disability that qualifies them to receive an IEP: Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Blind/Low Vision, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Emotional Disability, Specific Learning Disability, Developmental Delay, Language/Speech Impairment, Mild Cognitive Disability, Moderate Cognitive Disability, Severe Cognitive Disability, Deaf/Blind, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Other Health Impairment.


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