Beyond Excited About ‘Beyond 80 Percent’ I am beyond excited about “Beyond 80 Percent Accuracy” by Rebecca Moore (May 2018). I sometimes feel trapped by the typical IEP goals you see time and time again. They are wordy, overwhelming and, at times, unrelated to real-life situations. Universally, speech-language pathologists dread inheriting inappropriate, confusing or unrealistic goals ... Inbox
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Beyond Excited About ‘Beyond 80 Percent’
The ASHA Leader, July 2018, Vol. 23, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN.23072018.4
The ASHA Leader, July 2018, Vol. 23, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN.23072018.4
I am beyond excited about “Beyond 80 Percent Accuracy” by Rebecca Moore (May 2018). I sometimes feel trapped by the typical IEP goals you see time and time again. They are wordy, overwhelming and, at times, unrelated to real-life situations. Universally, speech-language pathologists dread inheriting inappropriate, confusing or unrealistic goals from another clinician. I also think it’s a Catch-22 having SMART goals—too vague, and they are subject to interpretation; too specific, and they are typically achievable but not generalizable. Many may disagree with this view, but I really think Moore is on to something here. All of her suggested goals feel so much more realistic and, if achieved, would show some real progress, not just an arbitrary percentage we seem to be stuck on.
What will be ASHA’s stance on this new goal-writing style? Will it be a slow implementation into organizations as they feel fit? Can we start it at the grad-school level ASAP? I am also wondering about the effects on those of us who bill insurance and need to show progress in data. Any pushback from insurance companies that this way isn’t incrementally measurable?
Thanks for all the good info, Leader! “Research in Brief” is my favorite section! I was just telling families of my late talkers how important turn-taking in conversation is, and BAM! The next issue has the perfect piece to show them, “Conversational Turns Linked to Better Language Development in Children.”
Shannon Mahoney, Glenside, Pennsylvania

Thanks for letting us know you like the Leader content and find it useful. ASHA, however, does not set policy on goal-setting. “From My Perspective”—the column in which this article appeared—puts forth a personal viewpoint and does not reflect the views of ASHA.

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