On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your current data collection system?

I truly think I've tried as many different systems as years of teaching!

You, too?

I was always searching for a better way with these two key factors in mind:

  • Authentic Data
  • Least Effort

That probably needs a bit of explaining…

Authentic Data – It's probably safe to conclude that we've all sat in a meeting or two analyzing data that we just didn't feel 100% about.

Maybe we knew our students could do much, MUCH more than what was represented. Or it might have even gone the other direction… the data seems a bit inflated and not exactly convincing (sorry, just being honest!).

“Least Effort” is all about timeliness:

The easier the system – the faster the data is collected.

The faster the data is collected – the quicker we can take action.

With the additional challenges of distance learning, I really wanted to find a data collection system that could keep the burden off families as much as possible while we still maintain our high expectations.

Progress Monitoring using Digital Task Cards

I created a series of early learning task cards that can collect data as we (student, family, or teacher) use them! Every slide records data by a simple “yes” or “no.”

Data Collection – 13 Early Math Sets

Data Collection – 13 Early Literacy Sets

These card are hosted on the Boom Learning platform, which collects the data as each set is completed.

Here's also a free progress monitoring checklist that corresponds with the task cards. These pages provide a summary overview of progress:

Who's ready to go digital?

Hi there.

I'm Jennifer!

I’m Jennifer and I was a special educator in the elementary school setting over the past decade. I entered the classroom every day dedicated to making learning inclusive AND engaging.

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