Video: Sue Meredith is talking about why progress monitoring is important.

Progress monitoring is a scientifically-based process for assessing a student’s academic performance over time to determine the effectiveness of instruction.

Teachers of students who are deaf or hard of hearing are often challenged in identifying assessment tools or processes that are valid and reliable. Teachers frequently choose alternative measures to monitor student progress.

Curriculum Based Measurement (CBM) is the only progress monitoring approach that is standardized and has a 30-year history of data-based evidence. The evidence suggests CBM is reliable and valid, efficient, and effective.

Research on CBM indicates that students whose teachers used CBM significantly outperformed comparable students whose teachers did not use CBM to monitor progress and make adjustments in instructional programming when indicated.

Progress monitoring can help the educational team make decisions about the effectiveness of instruction, curricula, IEP goals, and service delivery models.

At the core, CBM involves a standardized approach to sampling the student’s current performance, setting a goal, and frequently monitoring the student’s progress toward that goal.

Progress monitoring is an integral part of instruction. Progress monitoring can be initiated at any time and the frequency of monitoring ranges from every day to once a month.

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