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July 2014

Using PLAAFP to help your child work toward higher achievement

Written by  Staci J. Greenwald, Esq. The “Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance,” or PLAAFP, is the first written statement in the IEP plan should document of a child's ability and current achievement at the time the IEP is written. This snapshot objectively documents the child’s present level of academic achievement, such as reading at a certain grade level, or performing certain mathematical calculations. Functional performance documents achievement that is not academic, including social skills, communication skills, and other activities of daily living. Simply stated, PLAAFP should answer the question: What can this child do or not do right now? Information and data...

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