Pathway to Progress Monitoring

Wake County Public School Systems

Progress Monitoring


  • Case managers, teachers of record, related service providers
  • One student, one class
  • Look at each goal and decide who will progress monitor and where progress monitoring will happen
  • Develop common templates to hand to the teacher who will progress monitor

  • assess student progress or performance in those areas in which they were identified by universal screening as being at-risk for failure (e.g., reading, mathematics, social behavior)
  • the method by which teachers or other school personnel determine if students are benefiting appropriately from the typical (e.g., grade level, locally determined, etc.) instructional program
  • identify students who are not making adequate progress
  • help guide the construction of effective intervention programs for students who are not profiting from typical instruction (Fuchs & Stecker, 2003)
  • Can they pass the stranger test?
  • My examples
  • It is NOT teacher observation
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Helping Teachers Use Progress Monitoring

  • Before the semester starts, decide where to progress monitor these goals.
  • Regular ed? ICR? CA? Occ Prep? Resource?


  • The frequency of progress monitoring should match the level of concern about the student's skill development and need for support
  • If monitoring in grade-level materials and the student’s scores fall into the Below Benchmark level, then monitoring one or two times per month is likely sufficient
  • If monitoring in grade-level materials for students whose scores fall into the Well Below Benchmark level, then progress monitoring once per week is ideal, though once every other week may be sufficient


  • Right for students
  • Students receive more appropriate instruction
  • Staff can make informed, instructional decisions regarding specially designed instruction
  • Tangible documentation of student progress
  • More efficient communication with families and other professionals
  • DPI will visit schools and audit individual student records (will be asking for data of progress)
  • It is the state and federal policy

  1. Look at your caseload's goals (***for now only have to start with one student or one class)
  2. Decide who will progress monitor each goal
  3. Give that teacher or related services provider the pre-made template
  4. Develop a schedule of the students you will progress monitor
  5. Progress Monitor (7-12 data points for each goal throughout the quarter)
  6. Instruction must be adjusted as needed throughout the data collection process
  7. Share the data!

Measurable Goals

Written so the goal contains

  • Measurable behavior
  • Condition
  • Criterion

  • Stranger Test-could a stranger read the annual goal and know what the skill the learning will be learning and how the student will demonstrate mastery?
  • What is the underlying need caused by the disability that if the student mastered that skill would facilitate rapid academic or behavioral growth?
  • What goal or few goals would help the student grow the most in the next year?
  • Drastically cut back on goals (3-8 goals per student)


1.) By January 2017, when given a literary passage and graphic organizer the student will explain the relationship between: characters, plot, setting, tone, point of view and theme with 85% accuracy. (how do you measure this?)

2.) By the end of the current school year using grade level materials, the student will evaluate the clarity and accuracy of information in non-fiction text, synthesis the information and identify and support a position or argument with 85% accuracy on 4 out of 5 collected work samples. (Is there a rubric involved?)

3.) During Curriculum Assistance, the student will review her student agenda, participate in additional instruction, complete assignments, study, read and organize her folders, binders, 100% of the time. (all of that for 100% of the time?) (how are you measuring participating?) (what is she reading?)

4.) Given a written assignment, the student will use proper grammar with at least 70% accuracy. (just one time?)

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