Under federal and state guidelines, a student's IEP must contain annual, measurable goals, a description of how the progress will be measured towards those goals and when quarterly reports are provided. In addition the IEP team is responsible for reviewing the IEP periodically to determine whether the annual goals are being achieved using your progress monitoring as the vehicle to assist in your decision making.
In order to fulfill this requirement, Special Education Teachers are expected to monitor student progress towards the IEP goals on an ongoing basis in addition, report on that progress using the progress monitoring/data tools. This is done through the IEP Goal Progress Report process.
Assessing students on a predetermined scheduled based on the IEP (ie. daily, bi-weekly, monthly, etc), recording their performance and demonstrating that performance on a chart/graph is the most ideal method in fullfilling this expectation. The Excel data sheet and graphs can be used for AIMSWEB assessments in addition to other skill specific goals. If the Excel worksheet cannot be used for a specific IEP goal, other methods can be utlized for recording and reporting on data.
Minimally, the Special Education Teacher must provide a narrative with data when commenting on student progress within the IEP goal progress report. An example of this would be:
GOAL: Max will independently write daily assignments in his planner for 4 out of 5 subjects with no more than 1 teacher prompt weekly for 4 consecutive weeks.
REPORT: Of the last 3 assessments of this goal, Max achieved 4 out of 5 on 12/1/07, 5 out of 5 on 12/14/07 and 5/5 out of 1/3/08. He has needed one prompt for each assignment.