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10 Persistent Progress Monitoring Myths Debunked

Progress monitoring is a widespread practice in K12 schools across the country and for good reason! By collecting frequent data about a student’s progress toward a specific learning goal, teachers can keep tabs on how well an intervention is working and make changes as needed. However, despite the widespread acceptance and general use of progress monitoring several myths about the practice still persist.

Below, with accurate information that will hopefully encourage even the biggest skeptic to view progress monitoring in a new light, I’ve debunked the 10 most common myths I hear about progress monitoring.

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Explain Progress Monitoring To Anyone

Create an Elevator Pitch for Progress Monitoring

In the early ’90s I entered into the world we now know as Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). We didn’t have the full vision and all the structures then, but progress monitoring was always a central practice within the framework. The practice carries a mindset of formatively evaluating our decisions as they relate to improved outcomes for students. It is this notion that what we do matters (and it matters a lot) that makes progress monitoring such a critical component of MTSS. Sometimes we get a good instructional fit right away, and sometimes we are humbled trying to figure it out.

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Setting Goals For Students With Dyslexia

Setting Goals That Matter for Students With Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a widely-recognized reading disorder that affects both learning-to-read and reading skills over one's lifespan. Individuals with dyslexia can learn to read, although it often requires additional intensive instruction. Once dyslexia is diagnosed, a treatment plan that includes direct…

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Effective Universal Instruction

FAQ: How to Implement Successful Universal Instruction

  Dr. Sarah Brown is the Senior Director of Learning & Development at FastBridge and the co-author of Effective Universal Instruction: An Action-Oriented Approach to Improving Tier 1 . In anticipation of her book release, Dr. Brown compiled a list of…
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