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1 Advanced Progress Monitoring with Aimsweb (and how to make it work as an administrator) 2009 Alaska Winter Education Conference Scott Linner If you have any questions feel, free to contact me

2 Where are we in Alaska with progress monitoring? All districts were surveyed in Alaska with principals (60 %) primary respondents 222 survey responses received 63.7% of respondents indicated familiar or very familiar with term RTI 73% said that they use assessments to monitor progress. Of the 115 that were implementing RTI substantially in… K-56th – 8th9 th - 12th Reading Math Written Expression Survey done by Margaret Mackinnon and Jennifer Knutson. The survey was presented at the Alaska Principals Conference in fall of 2008

3 Alaska training needs…. The respondents rated the Identifying screening and progress monitoring as the third highest need… after Academic interventions and Identify funding source and further guidance. Significant training needs remain RTI (Does not include Progress Monitoring) --15 percent of the staff has had no training on RTI --42 percent of the respondents said that 1 to 24 percent of their staff has had training. In summary, over half of the staff (57 percent) have had no training on RTI…which does not include RTI.

4 Progress Monitoring is conducted frequently and is designed to: --Estimate rates of student improvement – formative --Identify students who are not demonstrating adequate progress --Compare the efficiency of different forms of instruction and design more effective individualized instructional programs for learners who need extra help in mastering the curriculum From: Using Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) for Student Progress Monitoring : Presented by Dr. Rebecca Holland-Coviello –

5 Problems with Progress Monitoring 1. Lack of data points 2.No intervention lines & lack of documentation of intervention (s) 3.Difficulty with survey level assessment and correct goals Real students graphs are used so they are not perfect. If there is a name used,it is fictitious

6 A first graders progress monitoring graph 1.Lack of data points and (Lack of intervention lines)


8 How do we get more data points? --Have one person assigned in building and/or para- professional gather the PMing…and entering data. --Develop district wide assessment calendar --Explicitly state the expectation for progress monitoring at the school or district level. --Data Team/administrator review graphs at least monthly.

9 State expectations on PM Universal Screening: 3 X Year Tier II: 2 X Month or greater Tier III: At least on a weekly bases Draft 12/23/2008

10 Looking at the graphs Thinking is required for progress monitoring!! We need to look at each PM graph as a Team…Grade Level or RTI monthly. Isolation is the enemy of improvement You cant cant expect if you dont inspect

11 Who do we progress monitor…students below target

12 Suggestions for Team Meeting Have Progress Monitoring log in based on grade level BethelK Bethel1 Bethel2 Bethel3

13 Suggestions for Team Meeting To review all graphs during a team meeting - click on the box

14 Do you have any suggestions to increase the number of data points?

15 2. 2.No intervention lines and lack of documentation of intervention

16 2. Lack of intervention lines or documentation

17 Data Decision Guidelines Is the student has 4 consecutive data points below the aimline (assuming you are PMing on grade level material), ASK THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS (and continue to progress monitor) --Is the intervention being done with fidelity --Is the student in the right level of materials --Has the student been in school? Are they getting enough minutes of intervention per week? Should the intervention be tweaked? Changed? Is there a better Intervention to match the student needs? Staff should work together to discuss the data, the student, and what intervention changes would have a better chance of success. Recommended in RTI draft Minnesota Reading Corp Training Manual

18 Looking at the Graphs THINKING IS REQUIRED!!!! --Is there go upness ROI --Is there ENOUGH go upness Does the data have any inconsistencies you should think about when making decisions? --Is initial data point quite different than the next progress monitoring points? If so, the aimsline may be a bit off and this should be kept in mind -- Are there other data points that are really outliers that you have reason to believe are not representative (e.g. student was ill, student had a of other background knowledge of the passage. From Minnesota Reading Corp training

19 Use your brain…what might have been the problem?

20 Data Decision Guidelines, Contd If the student has some data points above and some below the aimline (doing the aimline hug) keep doing what you are doing?

21 If the student has 4 consecutive data points above the aimline, consider exiting or lessoning the intervention --Note the exit with a chart label --Continued progress monitoring

22 07-08MRCtraining22 How do we know what is working for this student? How do we know what has already been tried and possibly didnt work? We need the intervention labels and descriptions to tell the story

23 Initial Program Labels and the intervention description Be SURE to include a Chart Label and Description of the intervention on your charts! This is CRITICAL! Every time something changes in the students intervention (e.g., you change the intervention, the student exits the program) you will add a new label and description Some students start the year off with an intervention – This needs to be documented Practical hint: For grades 4+, put results of the SBA with Initial Program label.

24 24 Describing an intervention recipe Chart Label is the name of the intervention and if its Tier II or III. Description information to include: 1. The full name of the intervention, e.g.,Repeated Reading 2. What the student and adult will do in the intervention 3. Who will do the intervention with the student, member, community volunteer 4. How often the intervention will be conducted, per week, size of the group 5. How much time will be spent in each intervention session

25 1.2 Adding notes If you would like to add a note, do not do it as an intervention

26 When you want to add a note, go to previous intervention. List the date of the note…. then insert the note

27 3. Difficulty with correct goals and survey level assessment

28 3. Difficulty with correct goal Please do not progress monitoring above students grade level. Reading enrichment should not revolve around fluency, but comprehension and vocabulary

29 Difficulty with Survey Level Assessment a)With upper grade student, progress monitoring on too easy of probe. a)Progress Monitoring students with significant academic delays with their grade level material (less of a problem).

30 The goal is to progress monitor a student at their grade level A fifth grade being progress monitored in second grade probes

31 Where do you enter the survey level information data Click on button to get graph

32 When do you need to survey at a lower level? 6 th grade minimum 110 wpm 5 th grade 87 wpm 4 th grade 82 wpm 3 rd grade 56 wpm 2 nd grade 29 wpm 1 st grade 12 wpm

33 Conducting a Survey Level Assessment A common problem with survey level assessment is with upper grade students. 9 th grader was progress monitored in fall on 4 th grade passage with 112, rather than trying the 5 th grade passage. Our goal is to progress monitor on the students grade level.

34 When moving up a grade level probe, you must have an Intervention line due to change of measurement.

35 You have two Goal Choices : 1.Use Aimsweb Norms, which is the 50 th percentile on aggregate norms. Research in Alaska has shown that if you are above these targets, your students have over a 90 percent probability on being proficient on the Reading SBA. 2.Develop your own local targets, based on probability of proficiency on your district SBA. Are any of you using local cut scores?

36 Relationship between HSGQE and 10 th grade ORF (8 th grade probes) in a bush district Oral Reading Fluency HSGQE Proficiency 287 Correlation.73 Goal 157

37 How to read a Goal Statement

38 What is an appropriate growth rate? Rate of Improvement Use researched ROI** or Aimsweb Norms WRC per week.65 WRC per week 5.5 WRC per week.8 WRC per week 4.85 WRC per week1.1 WRC per week 31.0 WRC WRC per week1.5 WRC per week WRC per week WRC per week3.0 WRC per week 1.3 ** From the download sections: Progress Monitoring Strategies for Writing Individualized Goals in General Curriculum and More Frequent Formative Evaluation Realistic Ambitious Aimsweb Norms 50 th %ile

39 Determine what your class or school grade growth rate. The average growth rate for a first grader at this School is 2.2 words a week.

40 When setting goals, the student must more than the expected typical student Rate of Improvement if the student is to catch up. Generally, multiply the average Rate of Improvement by a value between 1.5 and 2. If average student is improving at 2.2 words a week, a student to catch up needs to improve be at least 3.3 words per week. Fuchs, Fuchs, Hamlett, Waltz and Germann (1993)or Hasp and Hosp 2003

41 In the majority of cases, one will use the same goal with all students (i.e. 3 rd grader with a spring goal of 110 wpm. If a student has a severe reading deficit and the Rate of Improvement is to steep, the goal needs to be individualized 3.35 to steep 1.58



44 Read the manual

45 On-line training National Center on Student Progress Monitoring for webinars --The ABCs of Progress Monitoring in Reading --Data Utilization within a CBM Screening and Progress Monitoring System --Monitoring Student Progress in the Classroom to Enhance Teacher Planning and - Student Learning --Progress Monitoring in Mathematics --Using CBM for AYP and other Data Reporting --Using CBM to Progress Monitor English Language Learners --Using Student Progress Monitoring in a Response to Intervention Model

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