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Developing the Thread of Educational Benefit Through Writing Compliant IEPs: Part One

Providing students educational benefit is foundation of IEP development and the crossroad between compliance and outcomes for students with disabilities. In recent years there have been a number of legal cases and OSEP guidance that outlines IEP decision-making, thought processes, and progress monitoring with creating a reasonably calculated IEP. This training focuses on gathering assessment data to develop a clear picture of the student’s individualized need. Moreover, educators will learn how the thread of educational benefit connects assessment data, present levels of performance (PLOP), and needs and how to document in SEIS forms accurately (See Part 2).


  • Clearly document assessment findings in SEIS forms that create a clear picture of the whole child learning profile.
  • Determine and clearly document present levels of performance based on the assessment data.
  • Identify and clearly document individual student needs based on the present levels of performance as determined by the assessment data collected.

Local Control Accountability Plan Alignments:

State Standards & Common Core: Implementing California’s academic standards, including Common Cores State Standards in English language arts and math, Next Generation Science standards, English language development, history, social science, visual and performing arts, health education and physics education standards.,

Student Achievement: Improving student achievement and outcomes along multiple measures, including test scores, English proficiency, and college and career preparedness.,

Other Student Outcomes: Measuring other important student outcomes related to required areas of study, including physical education and the arts.

Annual Performance Indicator Alignments:

Indicator 9: Racial/Ethnic Disproportionality,

Indicator 10: Disability Disproportionality,

Indicator 11: Eligibility Evaluation,

Indicator 13: Secondary Transition


Any of our Regional Trainings can be given at your school site. These Site-Based Trainings are best suited for larger groups, and locations where a version of this training is not already scheduled.

Site-Based Trainings generally require a minimum of 10 participants at your school site. Should you wish to have a Site-Based Training, but do not have enough participants, the SELPA may be able to pair your LEA’s needs with other local SELPA Partners in order to offer the training at your site.

Contact your SELPA Program Specialist to discuss your professional learning needs, and to schedule any site-based trainings.

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