Case Study: PLAAFP and Annual Goals

Special educators must be proficient at more than simply teaching,
planning, and addressing student concerns. A large portion of the
special educator’s career will be spent creating, implementing, and
reviewing IEPs in meetings with parents/guardians and other
professionals. Most educators find that the present level of academic
and functional performance (PLAAFP) is the most essential part of the
IEP because it paints a picture of the student and guides the goals,
services, accommodations, and modifications that should be included in
the IEP. Once a solid PLAAFP is written, then appropriate, measurable,
observable goals can be formulated for the student.
Part 1: Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP)
Review the “Ana Case Study” and use the information provided to write a 250-300 word PLAAFP summary for Ana.
Your PLAAFP should include:
Student academic strengths
Evaluations
Performance in classes
Potential influences of language, culture, and family background
Strengths, preferences, and interests in nonacademic areas
Any other relevant issues
Part 2: Annual Goals
Consider
the information from the “Ana Case Study” and write two measurable
academic goals and two measurable behavioral goals for Ana. Each goal
should include:
A specific, measurable skill or behavior to be achieved.
A baseline level of mastery for each goal.
A specific measure to determine if the goals have been achieved.
A specific method describing how progress will be monitored.
A schedule for when progress will be measured.
Part 3: Rationale
Provide a 500-700 word rationale that addresses the following:
Clearly
defend why each annual goal, assessment tool or strategy, and action
steps are appropriate for Ana based on the information and data in the
PLAAFP.
Using the “College of Education Professional
Dispositions of Learners,” identify a disposition that you, as a special
education teacher, would want to especially demonstrate with Ana and
her family. Explain how this disposition would assist you in
incorporating Ana’s language, culture, and family background into
planning and delivering instruction that meets Ana’s academic and
social-emotional development needs.
Identify specific steps you would recommend to Ana, her parents/guardians, and the IEP team for Ana to accomplish her goals.
Submit the PLAAFP, annual goals, and rationale as a single Word document.

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