7. Annual goals are "statements that describe what a child with a disability can reasonably be expected to accomplish (e.g., master some skill or knowledge [not an activity]) within a twelve month period in the child's special education program."
Source: Retrieved June 15, 2006, from http://www.calstat.org/iep/6_reading.shtml
Measurable goals are defined as statements that contain four critical elements: timeframe, conditions, behavior and criterion.
A measurable goal includes the behavior or skill that can be measured at periodic intervals against some criterion of success.
A. Timeframe identifies the amount of time in the goal period and is usually specified in the number of weeks or a certain date for completion
B. Conditions specify the manner in which progress toward the goal is measured. Conditions are dependent on the behavior being measured and involve the application of skills or knowledge and describe the materials and environment necessary for the goal to be completed.
C. Behavior clearly identifies the performance that is being monitored. It represents an action that can be directly observed and measured.
D. Criterion identifies how much, how often, or to what standards the behavior must occur in order to demonstrate that the goal has been achieved. The goal criterion specifies an amount of growth.
Source: Retrieved from: http://wvde.state.wv.us/ose/StandardsBasedIEPs.pdf On January 25, 2006. pp. 24-25