By Teachers, For Teachers
When it comes to setting and tracking IEP goals... there's NOT an app for that.
Instead, try some of these online resources and organization tips to track your students progress without driving yourself crazy.
As we get ready to begin the school year, I must assess my goals for the year. A goal I always seem to make is to find a better way to document data for progress monitoring, especially for my students with IEPs. Over the past 6 years, I have talked to other teachers, scoured the internet, and made up my own resources. I have been secretly hoping that an ap developer would come up with some IEP-specific apps that I could use on my ipad, but no such luck yet.
According to the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs, effective progress monitoring provides for accelerated learning, informed instructional decisions, and more efficient communication with parents and other professionals. This is why I feel it is so important to come up with an effective way of collecting and using this data.
I am still not completely settled on how I will accomplish this task this upcoming school year, but I do have a lot of resources and ideas to get started.
Use IEP Goal Pages Teacher Binder
Use the IEP goal pages: In the past I have kept a binder that had only the IEP goal pages for my students and made notes directly on the pages. I was able to then carry this teacher binder around with me throughout the day. I always choose a teacher binder that is a different color than the usual black or white so that it would stand out if I was looking for it.
Personalize Your Tracking Pages
Teacher-created pages: I have made my own pages to document progress monitoring which include a column for the goal, date, notes, and progress code. I find transferring all of the goal information onto this page to be time consuming, but transferring information to the progress reports is fairly easy.
Tap into Online Templates
Last school year, a fellow teacher suggested checking out the assessment & testing form templages on Mrs. Perkins website. I must say these were a fantastic resource for me in tracking sight words and letters. Her simple format made it easy for myself or a paraprofessional to assess student progress. I could also easily send the form home for parents to review.
Utilize Online Assessment Tools
There are a ton of resources online to save you time and energy in progress monitoring. One of my favorites for elementary math is Numberfly, which is great for assessing students number recognition. Numberfly creates your assessments for number recognition and has built-in tracking resources. I was able to also use a chart on the site to chart information to take to IEP meetings and the student progress monitoring team.
Other Useful Websites for IEPs and Progress Monitoring
What do you use to assess student learning? How do you keep track of progress towards IEP goals?