How Do You Keep Student Data?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
UPDATE!! I have received a lot of emails requesting data sheets. During Back 2 School Week, I posted updated data sheets. Find them here: Thanks so much for checking out [simply speech.]

It's that time of year again to start looking at our students' data and progress. Not only is it important for IEP meetings and progress reports, but our records are also a big part of our evaluation. I wanted to share with you what I have found to be the best way I have found so far to keep track of student data.....

This year I decided to use data binders that are divided by grade level. So far this has been a great way to keep everything organized and get to the information you need quickly when necessary. Inside each binder, I have my speech/ language groups separated by dividers.
For each student, I have:

  • A student information profile. This page has their name, IEP date, re-evaluation date, most recent testing scores and information about other programs they may be in as well (OT, PT, SLD, etc).
  • Data sheets and/ or treatment logs. I find that for some groups, good old fashioned +/- data sheets work best, for others, anecdotal data logs works best. 
  • If the students are old enough, they keep their own data as well. This is helpful for them to know what their goals are as well as a self motivation tool. (see below for a picture of the student data sheet I use)
  • I also keep random work samples throughout the year to show progress (both for the parents and to remind myself and the students how far they have come!)
Here is a photo of the data sheet I use. I have tried many, many different forms and this one is my favorite. Simple and to the point. Let me know if you would like me to email you a copy of this one (I am not sure where it originated from)

Below is a photo of the anecdotal data sheet I use. I got this form from the Mommy Speech Therapy blog.

Here is a photo of my student friendly data sheet. I mainly use this with my artic kids. After each session, I calculate their percentage of correct productions and they graph their progress. The kids really buy into this and take pride in their work.
 Below is a picture of one of my student's data sheets. The yellow line is his goal (80% accuracy). It is helpful when they are starting a new target to see how close they get to their goal.

I hope you find this helpful.... please share any ways that you collect data!


Ten Apples Up On Top!

Saturday, March 24, 2012
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How did you celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday? My students and I had a great time learning about Dr. Seuss and reading some of his stories! I wanted to share one of the activities we did. I used this activity with preK and kindergarten students, with slight modifications for each grade.

We read the story, Ten Apples Up On Top. After reading the story, I came up with this super cute activity to do with them! The kids love doing anything with their photos, so I knew this would be a hit. I cut out 10 apples for each kiddo from the Ellison die-cutter. For  kindergarten, they had to number each apple themselves, for preK, I pre-numbered the apples and they had to find what number came next. Here is a peek at our bulletin board! (I blurred out the kids's faces for privacy)

What Dr. Seuss activities did you do to celebrate his birthday?
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