IEP Math Goals for Common Core State Standards

Goals Aligned With the Common Core State Standards

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The IEP math goals below are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, and are designed in a progressive manner: once the top numeration goals are met, your students should be moving on through these goals and onto the intermediate grade goals. The goals that are printed come directly from the site created by the Council of Chief State School Officers, and adopted by 42 states, the American Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.

Feel free to copy and paste these suggested goals into your IEP documents. "Johnny Student" is listed where your student's name belongs.

Counting and Cardinality

Students need to be able to count to 100 by ones. IEP goals in this area include examples such as:

  • When given numbers representing numerals between one and 10, Johnny Student will order and name the numbers in the correct order, for eight out of 10 numbers with 80 percent accuracy in three of four consecutive trials.
  • When given a hundred chart with 20 of the number blocks blank, Johnny Student will write the correct numbers in the blanks for 16 of 20 blanks (demonstrating 80 percent accuracy) in three of four consecutive trials. 

Counting Forward

Students need to be able to count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at one). Some possible goals in this area include:

  • When given a card with a number between one and 20, Johnny Student will count up five numbers from the number on the card, with 80 percent accuracy in three out of four consecutive trials.
  • When given written sequences of numbers (such as 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) with five blanks, Johnny Student will correctly write the numbers in the five blanks, with 80 percent accuracy in three out of four consecutive trials.

Writing Numbers to 20

Students should be able to write numbers from zero to 20 and also represent a number of objects with a written numeral (0 to 20).

This skill is often referred to as one-to-one correspondence where a student demonstrates an understanding that a set or array of objects is represented by a particular number. Some possible goals in this area might read:

  • When given 10 picture arrays representing numbers between one and 10, Johnny Student will correctly write the corresponding number in the accompanying box (on the accompanying line) for eight of 10 numbers (showing 80 percent) in three of four consecutive trials.
  • When given an array of counters and a set of number cards from one to 10, Johnny Student will find the corresponding number and lay it next to the array with 80 percent accuracy in three out of four consecutive trials.

Understanding Relationships Between Numbers

Students need to understand the relationship between numbers and quantities. Goals in this area might include:

  • When given a template with 10 squares, and presented with counters in varied arrays from one to 10, Johnny Student will count aloud, naming each counter as it is placed in a square with 80 percent accuracy in three out of four consecutive trials.
  • When given an array of counters from one to 20, Johnny Student will count the counters and answer the question, "How many did you count?" with 80 percent accuracy in three out of four consecutive trials.
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