1. Present Levels of Performance:
Ensure a discussion about the student's current academic, social, and functional abilities. Review evaluations, assessments, and progress reports to establish a baseline for goal-setting.
2. Annual Goals:
Determine specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals for the student. Goals should address areas of need and align with the student's Individualized Education Program (IEP).
3. Accommodations and Modifications:
Identify and document the appropriate accommodations and modifications necessary to support the student's access to the general curriculum and ensure their success in the educational environment.
4. Related Services:
Discuss and determine any additional services, such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, or counseling, that the student may require to address their individual needs and enable progress toward their goals.
5. Supplementary Aids and Services:
Determine any supplementary aids and services, including assistive technology, visual supports, or specialized instructional strategies, that can support the student's participation and learning in the general education setting.
6. Transition Planning:
If applicable, address the transition needs of the student, particularly if they are approaching a significant educational transition, such as moving from early intervention to preschool or from high school to post-secondary education or employment.
7. Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP):
If necessary, develop or review a behavior intervention plan to address challenging behaviors that may be impacting the student's educational progress. Ensure that the plan includes strategies for prevention, positive reinforcement, and appropriate consequences.
8. Parental Involvement:
Encourage active participation and collaboration from parents or guardians throughout the meeting. Document their input, concerns, and preferences regarding their child's educational program and services.
9. Progress Monitoring:
Establish a plan for ongoing progress monitoring to assess the student's growth toward their goals. Determine the frequency and method of data collection and agree upon how progress will be shared with parents.
10. Signature and Documentation:
Ensure that all participants, including parents, educators, and relevant professionals, sign the ARD meeting documentation to indicate their agreement and understanding of the decisions made during the meeting.