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 From the WV Office of Special Programs/ Gifted Education
 Important Information - Online IEP - Present Levels


     When completing the Present Levels section of the Online IEP, the teacher will see this list:

* General Information
* Reading/LA
* Math
* Additional Content
* Behavior
* Functional Skills
* Access Skills

     The General Information section should include information that a receiving teacher needs to know about the student and the purpose of the current IEP meeting. Examples of other suitable types of information to include here would be transfer information, educational evaluation results, parent input, etc. The General Information section does not require goals. Therefore, General Information and at least one other area - such as Functional Skills, should be selected.

     If the teacher chooses a content area such as Reading (as in the example below), a goal will be required and statements made about the student's reading skills in the Present Levels will automatically be visible below the goal writing area.

Online IEP page with Present Levels list
     In addressing higher-order thinking skills, problem-solving skills, concept mapping, project-based learning, research skills, logic, community involvement, ethics; the best area to select is Functional Skills. Under Functional Skills, skills areas as follows:

Problem Solving

  • generate appropriate questions about a problem to help clarify facts, concepts and relationships
  • gather information from a broad spectrum of resources, integrate it with prior knowledge of the subject area and evaluate its worth in solving problems


  • generate more than one idea
  • generate novel ideas, add details as needed for implementation and improvement and evaluate to refine work

Critical Thinking

  • accurately define parts of a system, explain how those parts interact with one another and interpret relationships between systems
  • demonstrate complexity of thinking by supporting and justifying statements
  • use comparison and contrast to help understand information
  • use methods of prioritization to rationally narrow focus and/or weigh factors to determine relative value of choices or alternatives
  • demonstrate logical reasoning to solve problems or make decisions using a model
  • provide proof/justification of a conclusion


Additional Resources

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

National Research Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development

West Virginia Department of Education
Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning
Building 6, Room 304
1900 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25305
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