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Progress Monitoring

Progress monitoring is a scientifically based practice used to assess your child's academic progress and evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. Progress monitoring tells the teacher what your child has learned and what still needs to be taught.

Progress monitoring can be implemented with individual students or an entire class. In progress monitoring, the teacher uses short tests to evaluate your child's progress in specific areas. The teacher may tests your child often - every week or two.

The teacher creates progress graphs that show the child's progress toward the IEP goals. You may receive copies of these progress graphs every few weeks. If you do not, write a short letter to request your child's progress graphs.

Progress Monitoring at the Center on Response to Intervention

Progress Monitoring at Center on Response to Intervention.

Progress Monitoring procedures guide how data will be collected in order to make instructional decisions about the progress of the student and establish a decision making plan for examining the data collected.

Progress Monitoring: What This Means for Your Child. This section offers resources about progress monitoring, written in family-friendly language, explaining the benefits of implementing student progress monitoring for the student, the teacher and the family.

Progress Monitoring Omissions: Reporting Progress to Parents. This brief focuses on the importance of sharing progress monitoring data with parents to help support student progress.

Progress Monitoring and IEPs

Applications of Progress Monitoring to IEP and Program Development

PowerPoint (pdf)

This presentation describes progress monitoring procedures for elementary grades in reading and mathematics and illustrates how data can be translated into meaningful statements for Individualized Educational Programs by Dr. Pam Stecker and Michelle Hosp, January 2005. In addition to using data for monitoring progress toward annual goals, the presentation describes how teachers can use this information for strengthening instructional programs for struggling learners.

Monitoring Progress on IEP goals. Progress monitoring procedures from the Iowa Department of Education. According to IDEA and State Rules, progress monitoring procedures must be established for each goal.

Monitoring Student Progress in Individualized Educational Programs Using Curriculum-Based Measurement

The IEP must include assessment information pertaining to the student’s individual needs, educational programming that addresses those needs, and a system for monitoring student progress.

Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) encompasses an assessment methodology that can be used to develop goals, benchmarks, or short-term objectives for individualized educational programs for students with disabilities. Teachers also use curriculum-based measurement as a means for monitoring student progress across the year. By Pamela M. Stecker, Clemson University. .

Improving Student Outcomes Through Progress Monitoring

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This presentation, a combination of two consultative meetings that Center staff held with the Virginia Department of Education and Prince William County Schools in Manassas, Virginia, provides a basic overview of student progress monitoring and how it is applied in the context of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), Response-to-Intervention (RTI), and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Presented by Nancy Safer, Jacki Bootel and Rebecca Holland-Coviello, September 28, 2006.

Behavior Progress Monitoring Tools from the National Center on Intensive Intervention.

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Is Your Child Making Adequate Progress in Special Ed? Is your child on track to meet the measurable annual goals in the IEP? Schools are implementing systems that monitor student progress objectively. The No Child Left Behind Act requires schools, school districts and states to measure their progress objectively and report their progress every year.

My Child is Making Progress. WHY Would the School Switch Reading Programs? Ask for these reports when your daughter starts the Wilson program and each time the WADE is administered for progress monitoring. The post-test at the end of each Step covers Reading, Concepts, and Spelling. Ask for these reports as part of the progress monitoring and reporting on progress toward the annual IEP goals.

Why Use Research Based Reading Programs? Progress monitoring assessments are used to measure growth in short amounts of time. Some assessments are not sensitive enough to measure all the components of reading. These assessments are chosen because they can show growth over short periods of time. Other assessments may not be sensitive enough to do that for all the components of reading. Just looking at fluency or comprehension is not enough.

A Parent's Guide to Response to Intervention (RTI) by Susan Bruce, Regional Education Coordinator. Although, schools RTI models may look different, there are several essential and necessary components that parents need be aware of, one is continuous progress monitoring.

Validated Forms of Progress Monitoring in Reading and Mathematics. Curriculum-based measurement (CBM) is discussed in this article and background on CBM-based progress-monitoring measures in reading in the elementary grades and in mathematic

What is Scientifically-Based Progress Monitoring? by Lynn S. Fuchs and Douglas Fuchs. When teachers use systematic progress monitoring to track their students progress in reading, mathematics, or spelling, they are better able to identify students in need of additional or different forms of instruction, they design stronger instructional programs, and their students achieve better.

How Student Progress Monitoring Improves Instruction. Student progress monitoring is a practice that helps teachers use student performance data to continually evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching and make more informed instructional decisions.

How to Know If Your Child's Making Progress Toward IEP Goals. As the parent of a child receiving special education services, you are entitled to data-based information that clearly demonstrates what progress, if any, your child is making. Learn how and why to monitor your child's progress toward his IEP goals.

Progress Monitoring Tools Chart. This tools chart presents information about academic progress monitoring tools from the National Center on Intensive Intervention.

Student Progress Monitoring: What This Means for Your Child. Progress monitoring can give you and your child's teacher information that can help your child learn more and learn faster, and help you make better decisions about the type of instruction that will work best with your child. Article from Reading Rockets by Kathleen McLane (2006).

Progress Monitoring from NRCLD. Progress Monitoring iis a set of assessment procedures for determining the extent to which students are benefiting from classroom instruction and for monitoring effectiveness of curriculum.

Screening, Diagnosing, and Progress Monitoring for Fluency: The Details. Screening, diagnosing, and progress monitoring are essential to making sure that all students become fluent readers - and the words-correct per-minute (WCPM) procedure can work for all three. Article from Reading Rockets by Jan Hasbrouck (2006).

Linking Progress Monitoring Results to Interventions by Jennifer N. Mahdavi and Diane Haager at RTI Action Network. Progress-monitoring assessment is becoming more widely adopted than ever before as a means of tracking the reading development of students with dyslexia and reading difficulties.

Assessment in Support of Instruction: Improving Learning Outcomes Using Progress Monitoring. John Hintze, Ph.D, says whatever it takes, classroom assessment is a critical component of effective instruction and we need to work hard to restore it to its proper place in education. Powerpoint presentation from the k8 Access Center.(April 2006)

Progress Monitoring in the Context of RTI. Progress monitor students suspected to be at risk students to (dis)confirm risk and using PM to develop indvidiualized goals on an IEP.

Differentiated Instruction. Webinar presentation of rationale for differentiation based on existing empirical evidence and instructionally relevant assessment.

Supporting Teachers in Progress Monitoring Procedures. Difference Between Traditional Assessment and Progress Monitoring (2006 Summer Institute on Progress Monitoring.

Recommended Resources

Progress Monitoring in an Inclusive Standards-based Assessment and Accountability System.

Monitoring Student Progress in Individualized Educational Programs Using Curriculum-Based Measurement.

US Department of Education, ERIC Resource links - Progress Monitoring.

US Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Ideas that Work - Assessment, Toolkit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities.

National Center on Response to Intervention

Research Institute on Progress Monitoring. The funded activities have ended and the center is now disseminating the findings from its five years of research and development.


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