I have to be honest, I don’t feel like I had my progress monitoring system down solid until about 2 years ago. Now, I feel absolutely confident in my process! The game changer? SLP Toolkit. I find this resource to be invaluable when it comes to getting solid data on my students, because everything I need is at my fingertips! While it has many features that are great, my favorite part is the progress monitoring tools for language skills that are included. I can literally find anything I need, which saves me time from having to find all of this stuff myself… and ain’t nobody got time for that! It also generates beautiful graphs that I can give to parents, and I look all fancy, but really I just pressed print.
These assessments don’t take long and allow me to get what I need for each student every quarter. Obviously, I have to do these one on one, so the question becomes… what are the other kids doing when you are working individually to monitor progress?
I set up two tables, one for me and the student I am testing and another for everyone else. They know exactly what to expect because it’s a routine we’ve used every quarter for a couple of years now. I also take advantage of my No Prep packets to help! I print a few pages for each student, related to their individual goals, and they work independently while waiting for their turn to join me at my table. Then I just rotate through each one until we are done! It usually takes two 30 minute sessions with a group of 4. If you have less students in your groups or fewer goals, it obviously goes faster!
How do you continually monitor progress on your students? Do you have a similar system?