Why SMART Goals? 

Measure Progress

One of the main reasons to track IEP goals is to measure the child's progress in achieving the specific learning objectives set out in their plan. Tracking goals enables you to monitor and evaluate the child's progress over time, identifying areas where the child is making strides and areas that may require additional attention. This feedback will help you adjust teaching strategies or interventions for your child's needs, ultimately leading to improved learning outcomes.


Tracking IEP goals also helps to promote accountability and collaboration among the child's educational team. It ensures that all team members (e.g., teachers, therapists, support staff) are working towards the same goals and benchmarks, and that everyone is on the same page regarding the child's progress. By tracking the child's progress, you can ensure that everyone is accountable for the services and supports provided and that there is ongoing collaboration and communication.

Data-Driven Decision Making

Tracking IEP goals helps you collect and analyze data that can inform future decision-making about your child's education. The data gathered can help identify patterns of progress and areas that need additional focus and intervention. Based on this information, you can develop strategies to enhance the interventions and supports for your child's learning goals. Data tracking can also inform discussions during team meetings, helping to guide the team towards more effective strategies for meeting the child's IEP goals.