Coldness, Data Collection, and a Freebie! Oh! My!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I love snow! I really do! But….  Well you knew it was coming….I am not a fan of -20+

degree weather, which is EXACTLY what we have been having here in sunny, frigid
Ohio. I read yesterday that the northern-most town in Alaska is warmer than
here. Yes, you read that right! ALASKA is WARMER! We have not had school for the
last two days. I for one, am not complaining. It’s to cold for even polar bears…. Well it
might not be, I just made that up, but I feel like it should be. EEK! So needless to say,
I am curled up on my couch with my blanket with a very cute dog, and a small space
heater. I had a small cold and was able to get my progress reports done opening the
day up! wanted to share with you how I do Data Collection for IEP goals in
my classroom. I have an example for you of one below. I think it is so hard to keep
data on them when you are a new teacher. Grading Books Simply do NOT work. I had
no idea where to start. Here is a simple snapshot of what it looks like.

I give each goal a spot on the sheet. Each student has their own sheet.
Since I have anywhere from 5-9 students, I color coordinate them so I
can easily find their sheets if needed.
I preface each goal with what measureable annual goal it falls under.
I use abbreviations to help out, because you know, special ed., doesn’t
use enough abbreviations. Here are the ones I use:
English Language Arts: ELA               Math: M
Science: Sci                                       Social Studies: Soc
Social Skills: SS                                  Transition: T
Occupational Therapy: OT                 Physical Therapy: PT
Speech Language Therapy: SLP        Adapted Physical Education: APE
Vision Impairment: VI                         Orientation & Mobility: OM
Additionally, If I have two goals under Math, I’ll put M, and M2

This is an example of it filled in a bit so you can see just exactly how
we use it. What you see there isn’t the exact wording I use for the
IEP. I am trying to communicate what exactly the goals are in their
simplest terms to myself, and my paraprofessionals. This allows us to
quickly scan their sheet and write down exactly what score they
received on that day. It allows all of my scores to be in one place for
the week and on one sheet. At the end of the week I tally up their
percentages and input it into my excel program which automatically 
adds up students grades for the quarter. When it comes time to do my
progress reports, I don’t waste hours adding up scores, double
checking myself to make sure everything is write. I simply print off
my excel spreadsheet and input their end of quarter scores into my
schools progress report forms, add comments and I am DONE. I love
making things simple and easy when it comes to data collections. Plus
if your admins are anything like mine, they love data. The more you
have the better. =)

I’d love to hear how you collect data in your room.

Also, I am in the process on refreshing some of my wonderful
freebies on my TPT site. A lot of them are from when I first started
and as we get better with time and practice, so have my material
creating skills. The first one I updated was my seahorse 1:1
corresponding page. Check out the newly revised page below, I’d love
to know what you think.  What?! You were expecting a snow themed
freebie? Haha! My mind is at the beach! =) Also, Don't forget today is


  1. Hey Sarah! Thanks so much for the example data sheets! Keeping IEP (academic) data always seems more difficult for me than behavior data. I was looking for an email address to write to you directly but didn't see one, so I hope you don't mind me asking a question in the comments! :-) How / where did you learn to create materials? I love your TpT store, and I'm just curious to find out more about how to make materials myself. Any info would be appreciated! Thanks, Reagan.


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