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Student progress monitoring for special education is not limited to one year | TeachTastic IEPs

Updated: Feb 12, 2022


When it comes to progress monitoring, there are two main ways that districts can approach it: time-limited or spanning multiple years. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each method so that you can make the best decision for your students!


Time-Limited Progress Monitoring

One of the benefits of time-limited progress monitoring is that it can be more manageable for teachers. They only have to assess students once every few months, as opposed to assessing them multiple times throughout the school year. Additionally, this method can help ensure that all students are assessed in a timely manner.

Another benefit of time-limited progress monitoring is that it can be used to track students’ growth in a given skill area across multiple years. For example, if you have one class with four different reading assessments over the course of two years (one at each grade level), then you could use data from all four assessments together as long as they are taken at approximately the same point in time each year. This would give you a more complete picture of your students’ reading growth.


However, there are also some drawbacks to using time-limited progress monitoring. One is that it can be difficult to track student progress if they do not have any assessments at the end of the monitoring period. Additionally, if students make a lot of progress in one assessment but then regress in the next one, it can be difficult to track their overall growth.


Spanning Multiple Years Progress Monitoring


On the other hand, spanning multiple years of progress monitoring has some clear benefits. For example, it can help ensure that all students are assessed in a timely manner. Additionally, it can give you the flexibility to use different types of assessments throughout the school year so that students are not limited by what their teachers choose for them.


However, there are also some drawbacks to this approach as well. For example, if students only have one assessment at each grade level then they might not feel like they are being assessed equally. Additionally, if students do not have multiple years worth of data then it can be difficult to track their overall growth across time periods.


It is up to you to decide what type of progress monitoring works best for your district and the needs of your students!


How often should I Progress Monitor IEP Goals


There is no one answer to how often you should progress monitor IEP goals. It depends on the goal, the student, and the situation. However, here are some general guidelines:

For short-term goals, it is typically best to check progress at least every few weeks. For long-term goals, it is usually best to check progress at least every few months.

Use common sense when deciding how often to progress monitor IEP goals. If a goal is very easy, then you may only need to check progress once or twice before the student has mastered it. On the other hand, if a skill takes many steps and is difficult for the student to master, you may need to check progress every day as he or she is learning it.


It is also important to remember that not all goals are best assessed with formal assessments alone. If a goal focuses on what the student does in class, then checking his work samples can be very helpful in addition to using formal assessments and quizzes.