Remember that every exceptional area noted in the Present Levels of Performance
MUST have a corresponding goal sheet!
Pre-vocational skills must be addressed under Present Levels of Performance on every IEP, or you will not be able to finalize it. Three versions of pre-vocational checklists are available for you to use: Preschool, Elementary, and Secondary. If the child is exeptional in the area of pre-vocational skills, remember to develop an annual goal to address these deficits. If the child is NOT exceptional in this area, you still must document this in the Present Levels of Performance; however, you will not need to create an annual goal.
The WIAT-II is one of the most commonly used measures to establish Present Levels of Performance (PLOP) on the yearly IEP. Test results must be current - you may use data from a WIAT-II as long as it was given within one year of the date of the IEP. For example, if the most recent WIAT-II was given 10/24/06 and your IEP is going to be held 10/20/07, the test is considered current but will go out of date in 4 days.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GIVE THE WIAT-II EVERY YEAR to use as PLOP, and definitely never give it more than once a year, as this increases test familiarity, possibly invalidating results. You definitely need to use the WIAT-II as PLOP during the following events:
- the year the student transitions from elementary to middle school (4 / 5th grade)
- the year the student transitions from middle to high school (8th grade)
- when a full re-evaluation is necessary
- when a student is about to graduate or age out of special education if transition plan indicates.
Each school has one test kit and one instruction manual. If you have any questions after reviewing the administration manual, contact your special ed. diagnostician for assistance with administrating the test.
Results are scored on the computer. Each school has the scoring software installed in one of the special ed. classrooms. The teacher in that classroom will score the test for you. Do not wait until the last minute to give the test just in case there's a delay in getting it scored! Your diagnostician at the Central Office can also score the test for you, but you need to allow time for the school mail to run.
OTHER PLOP OPTIONS: Other examples of acceptable PLOP include the following:
- Narrative information / teacher observations
- End-of-Chapter tests
- Teacher-made tests
- Data from running records, such as number of words read per minute, number of sight words mastered, number of basic multiplication facts per minute
- STAR reading level
- AR average percent correct for a 6-week period.
- Self-help checklists (for severely involved students)
- Cloze procedures
- Classroom Observations -the following observations are available for you to use (use the "functional" versions for students with more significant delays):
CLASS OBS-Basic Reading
CLASS OBS-Listening Comprehension
CLASS OBS-Math Calculation
CLASS OBS-Math Reasoning
CLASS OBS-Oral Expression
CLASS OBS-Reading Comprehension
CLASS OBS-Written Expression
FUNCTIONAL CLASS OBS-Reading
FUNCTIONAL CLASS OBS-Math
FUNCTIONAL CLASS OBS-Language
FUNCTIONAL CLASS OBS-Social Growth and Work Habits
THE POINT IS TO ESTABLISH A STARTING POINT FOR EACH AREA OF NEED SO YOU CAN MEASURE/IDENTIFY PROGRESS AT THE END OF THE IEP YEAR.