IEP Component

Matthew Case Study :

Matthew is a fourteen-year-old seventh grader at Smith Middle School. Based on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills taken at the end of 6th grade, Matthew is reading independently at the middle of second grade. He also participates in a Read Naturally program four times a week for 25 minutes to increase reading fluency and comprehension. Last year he was at a 3.0 level and this year he is at a 3.2 level. He appears to be able to get information through listening, but becomes easily overwhelmed by assignments that require him to work independently or to produce written output.

He is in regular classes but there is a special education teacher or aide in every mainstream class to assist students with disabilities. Although it is only September, the number of loud, aggressive outbursts have increased since last year, especially in the afternoon. Currently, Matthew is having outbursts and leaving the classrooms approximately 3-4 times per week.

Teachers report that Matthew stands up, tells them “This is stupid!” or “I’m not doin’ this junk” and will leave the room. He walks away from teachers who confront him on his behavior. At first, other students seemed appalled, but now may of them appear to be entertained by Matthew’s outbursts. In-school suspensions are ineffective in changing behavior and staff avoids sending him home because of the violence and the abuse from those who live in the home.


1. Based on what has been described about Matthew’s academic and behavioral issues what would you add to the conversation about how he should be classified in order to qualify for special education? What questions might you ask to help determine eligibility for Matthew and what data should you (the teacher) collect to help?

Matthew has an IEP and his annual review is coming up. Please complete the following sections of the IEP:

2. Present Levels of Academic and Functional Performance:

Student’s Strengths:

Parental Educational Concerns/Input

Student’s Present Levels of Academic Achievement (Include strengths and areas needing improvement)

Student’s Present Levels of Functional Performance (Include strengths and areas needing improvement)

Describe the effect of this individual’s disability on involvement and progress in the general education curriculum and the functional implications of the student’s skills.

· For a preschool child describe the effects of this individual’s disability on involvement in age appropriate activities.

· By age 14 ½ describe the effect of this individual’s disability on the pursuit of post-secondary

expectations (living, learning, and working)

Do any of these pertain to Matthew?

3. Write one behavioral and one academic goal for Matthew:


Indicate Goal Area: ____ Academic ______Functional _____Transition

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