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Students, whose disabilities range on a continuum, must each have an IEP which is tailored to their needs and involves a prospective judgment of how each one will progress.

For a child who cannot progress smoothly through the regular curriculum:
“…his IEP need not aim for grade-level advancement. But his educational program must be appropriately ambitious in light of his circumstances, just as advancement from grade to grade is appropriately ambitious for most children in the regular classroom. The goals may differ, but every child should have a chance to meet challenging objectives”