I created a new data sheet to help keep up with the increasing need to track student data for progress monitoring throughout the year. In addition to daily observations and class work, we do several formal assessments on our students in the fall, winter, and spring. I’ve previously recorded the data for each assessment on one sheet. This meant that student information was spread out over multiple pages. I liked that this allowed me to sort and compare students, but it wasn’t very helpful when I needed all the data for one student (for a case conference or RTI meeting, for example).
I realized I needed a new form to get all of my student data in one place. Here’s a Word version of my data sheet so you can adjust it to include the assessments you use in your school. I also created a data binder with tabs for each student. I slide the data sheet in as the first page in the student’s section with copies of the individual assessments behind it. Of course I had to make a cute cover for it that you can grab too.
While having each student’s data in one place is extremely helpful, I still like to sort and compare my students on each assessment to organize need-based groups. I use a fluency grid and Fountas and Pinnell recording grid for that. They are in Excel so you can sort by score and quickly see class averages.
No one ever told me in “teacher school” about all the time I would spend tracking data, that’s for sure!