The “present level of performance” should indicate how the student functions in all areas applicable to educational functioning. The following list illustrates some content areas that may need to be addressed.
Pre-academic readiness skills
Memory: short- long-term, retrieval, sequential
Processing strengths and deficits: auditory, visual
Job keeping skills
Specific to vocational curriculum
Criterion-referenced skill assessments
Distractibility, impulsivity, attention span
Aggressive behavior, acting-out
Withdrawal, immaturity, inadequacy
Relationships with peers and adults
Entry level work skills
Job seeking skills
Medical considerations or issues
Adapted from Developing Effective IEP’s, Mountains Plains Regional Resource Center, Logan, Utah, T/TAC W&M Workshop: “The Heart of the I.E.P.,” 1997.