Progress monitoring data collection while running a special education classroom can be tough! But it doesn't have to be so hard. There are easy ways to take data and keep track of progress of your students, while even analyzing the data on a regular basis.
This set of data sheets can help you do just that!
Here are some of the most common concerns I hear from teachers in the special education classroom.
The Need for Easy, Efficient Data Collection Tools
Over my years of setting up classrooms, data is always the last thing we start integrating into the framework. You can't take data until you have the classroom organized and set up to provide quality instruction. And it's usually the part of the classroom that most freaks out the teacher. But once you have the structure of the classroom in place, you have to put the data in. And you need a system for it, just like you do for any other strategy in the classroom.
I talk more about setting up initial data collection systems in the Free Setting Up Classroom Data webinar. The webinar can help you start to set up a system of data collection and talks about how to take quality data that's worth your time and effort.
To make the system work, though, you need forms that are easy to use for both collecting the data and analyzing the data. And that's where this set of data tools can help.
Self-graphing data sheets are perfect to eliminate the need for an extra step to see your students make progress. And with the steps of the teaching program right in front of you, they are perfect for small group or 1-1 instruction. They come in landscape and portrait. And you can add your own steps and info with PowerPoint. Read more about how you can use these here.
These are great for
Graphing Task Analysis
These are great for...
Work Product Labels
Work product labels are perfect for tracking how much assistance and what type of modifications were made to an assignment. They are probably the easiest type of data to collect. Few things are more powerful than showing a student's writing sample when he could barely write a sentence and then comparing it to a paragraph he wrote.
But, easy as it is, you still need some basic information about the sample to really make it objective data. That's where these labels come in. There are several different format and you can add elements to your own. Print them on sticker paper. Cut them apart if needed. Then give a set of them to the general education teacher, to the paraprofessional or for yourself to use whenever the student is doing something that could be work product.
Complete the label, peel off the back and paste it to the back of the paper. Then you have the date, the situation, the prompts needed and any accommodations that were made.
Take a sample on a regular interval. Then you can use them with the team to compare the student's performance over time. Written assignments, art projects, handwriting, worksheets, and more all make great work product assignments.
Rubrics are another great tool to use for a variety of data. There are two types of data I use them for the most. First, you can use them for any type of writing assignment or presentation, much like general education teachers use them. You write a rubric with the requirements of the assignment and judge the product based on those indicators. Usually you grant a score based on the performance indicators. For instance, a simple rubric could be used for a student writing paragraphs with a 1-4 scale whether they used a full sentence, included correct punctuation, capitalized correctly, etc.
Similarly you can use rubrics to assess skills for which the quality of the performance of the skill is as important, or more important, than the frequency. Communication and social skills are among the prime ones I use them for. Knowing how many times a student talks to a peer becomes less important at some point than knowing the quality of his conversation. You can see a simple rubric we used for a student to assess the quality of participation in morning meeting. Learn more about how to use rubrics in this post.
Travel cards are a truly useful tool for students who travel to different environments during the day. It’s hard to track skills like attending and being on-task across all those environments. Travel cards require teachers in those environments to just check several items that the student exhibited that day in their class. Then the card travels with the student back to the homeroom or special education case manager.This packet has 2 formats with a variety of options
Naturalistic or Group Data Sheets
These data sheets are designed to take sample data during group activities for multiple students. Or you can use the individual version to take data for one student across a variety of activities. There are enough boxes on this sheet for 5 data points per skill. And you can track up to 10 students (or 10 activities if using the individual version) on each sheet.
I use these to take weekly data on each student in an activity. These are similar to the free data sheet I’ve had on my blog and there is a free video tutorial that shows how I use them here.
So there are a few other variations in this set, but they will help you get a system of data set up for progress monitoring for your students. You can grab the set here AND you can edit them with PowerPoint.
looking for more ideas on taking data effectively in the classroom without making yourself crazy, look no further than the Free Webinar on Setting Up Data Collection Systems. It's FREE!!
Until next time,