Progress reports and other assessments
When I was in the classroom, we reported on the alternate curriculum, the general education curriculum, and IEP goals. Within each of these, there were many data points and skills being tracked. Organization is key! I am always sure that the data is easy to take and useful for planning lessons and activities. If it is neither of those things, then I am less likely to use it! Using progress report data helped show families what skills their children were showing in the classroom. We were also able to see if they were progressing through targets as we thought they were. If they were struggling or moving quicker than we anticipated, we were able to amend the goals as needed.
Not only is data taking on skills and development important, it is also important to take data on behavior. Expected and unexpected behaviors are good to track in order to see when learners are on task and when they are engaging in maladaptive or destractable behaviors. The data helps the team check for patterns, variability, and any needs for modifications. The Autism Helper data sheets for behavior data are easy to use and give a lot of information on our learners. Time sampling is also a great way to track behaviors when we are not able to track all learners during every moment of the day.
Where can I find data sheets?
When I was in a time crunch and didn’t have time to make my own data sheets, The Autism Helper came to save me! Below is a link to MANY data sheets that are easy to use for all team members in the classroom. Here is the link!