IEP Benchmarks

Benchmarks/Short-Term Instructional Objectives

707 KAR 1:320 § 5 (7)(c), 34 CFR 300.320 (a)(2)(ii)

Federal regulations require benchmarks or short-term objectives for students with disabilities participating in the Alternate Assessment Program which is aligned to alternate achievement standards. 34 CFR Section 300.320(a)(2)(ii).  District policies and procedures provide guidance regarding the selection of benchmarks or short-term objectives.

The Number of Benchmarks or Short-Term Objectives

The ARC is not required to develop a specific number of objectives or benchmarks for a goal. The number is based on the needs of the student and the instructional goal. Since benchmarks delineate increments of progress toward the goal within a calendar year, the number of benchmarks may be determined by calculating the distance between the baseline score and the goal and dividing the difference into increments. 

Example 1 Annual Goal and Objectives

Measurable Annual Goals and Benchmarks/Short-Term Objectives

Annual Measurable Goal:  Joey will correctly produce the /s/ and /z/ phonemes in all positions of words when reading aloud a 3-5 word phrase using words selected from his classroom curriculum in 8 of 10 trials for 3 consecutive therapy sessions.

Short-Term Objective1:  Joey will correctly produce the /s/ and /z/ phonemes in the initial position of 20 words selected from his classroom curriculum in 8 of 10 trials for 3 consecutive sessions.

Short-Term Objective 2:  Joey will correctly produce the /s/ and /z/ phonemes in the final position of 20 words selected from his classroom curriculum in 8 of 10 trials for 3 consecutive sessions.

Short-Term Objective 3:  Joey will correctly produce the /s/ and /z/ phonemes in the medial position of 20 words selected from his classroom curriculum in 8 of 10 trials for 3 consecutive sessions.

 

Example 2 Annual Goal and Objectives:

Measurable Annual Goals and Benchmarks/Short-Term Objectives

Annual Measurable Goal:  Given a picture prompt, Sam will construct a sentence, relevant to the given topic, with at least three words by touching the correct words/pictures on a touchscreen computer with 80% accuracy across 3 out of 5 sessions.

Short-Term Objective 1:  Given a picture prompt of a preferred item/topic, Sam will construct a sentence, relevant to the given topic, with at least three words by touching the correct words/pictures on a touchscreen computer using word prediction software with 80% accuracy across 3 out of 5 sessions.

Short-Term Objective 2:  Given a picture prompt of core content concept item, Sam will construct a sentence, relevant to the given topic, with at least three words by touching the correct words/pictures on a touchscreen computer using word prediction software with 80% accuracy across 3 out of 5 sessions.

Short-Term Objective 3:  Given a picture prompt of an activity from his daily schedule, Sam will construct a sentence, relevant to the given topic, with at least three words by touching the correct words/pictures on a touchscreen computer using word prediction software with 80% accuracy across 3 out of 5 sessions.

 

Example 3 Annual Goal and Benchmarks:

Measurable Annual Goals and Benchmarks/Short-Term Objectives

 

Annual Measurable Goal:   When given a writing prompt, Roland will write a clear, coherent paragraph, with appropriate punctuation and verb tense to the proficient level on 3/5 assignments as measured by a scoring rubric.

Benchmark 1:  Roland will write complete and grammatically correct simple sentences.

Benchmark 2:  Roland will apply punctuation for effect.

Benchmark 3:  Roland will write complete and grammatically correct complicated sentences.

Benchmark 4: Roland will construct complete paragraphs with topic sentences supporting details and clincher sentences.

Benchmark 5: Roland will maintain the appropriate verb tense within a writing piece.