As a special educator, I spend a lot of time collecting data, doing mini assessments, and progress monitoring. I have realized the true benefits of these measures and enjoy seeing my students' scores increase. I also love knowing exactly where they are, being able to see if their scores do not increase, and finding ways to help them.
I progress monitor each of my kids once a week on the measures that they need tested on. This usually takes about 5 minutes total. The students turn in their papers and I go back and grade them at the end of the day. I fill in their data sheet (copy found below) and this year I also plan to chart their data plot on a line graph for a visual representation to use at conferences and ISP meetings.
After last year, I have gotten to understand the process of using progress monitoring and I tweaked my forms to make them easier for me to use. Takes lots of time to create, but will save lots of time during instructional hours!! Here is a copy of my ORF Data Sheet. I took norms that I found on the internet and compared them with others to make sure they were accurate. My school does not have a program that they purchased so I have to find or make my own measures. I think this turned out pretty good and I am looking forward to testing it out in the next week or two. Feel free to download but all I ask is that you follow my blog and leave me a comment!