Progress Monitoring: Reading
As you have learned, progress monitoring is a type of formative assessment by which student learning is evaluated on a regular basis to provide useful feedback about performance to learners and teachers alike. One type of progress monitoring, general outcome measurement (GOM) offers a clear indication of whether students are making adequate progress toward their learning goals. Regardless of whether GOM data are used to track the reading performance of typically achieving students, struggling students, or students with disabilities, the process of collecting and interpreting GOM data to monitor progress and guide instruction consists of the six steps outlined in the table below.
|Step||Keep in Mind|
|Select a measure||
|Create a graph||
|Create a goal line||
|Administer, score, and graph||
|Make data-based instructional decisions||
Revisiting Initial Thoughts
Think back to your initial responses to the following questions. After working through the resources in this module, do you still agree with your Initial Thoughts? If not, what aspects of your answers would you change?
How can teachers systematically identify when to adjust instruction for struggling students?
How can teachers determine whether students are making appropriate progress?
When you are ready, proceed to the Assessment section.