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ERIC Number: ED502457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
What Is Student Progress Monitoring and How Will It Help Me?
McLane, Kathleen
National Center on Student Progress Monitoring
Student Progress Monitoring (SPM) offers an effective and time-efficient way for teachers and administrators to make informed instructional decisions and quantify students' rate of progress. SPM differs from traditional standardized tests in that it involves administering short tests (typically one to five minutes) frequently, usually one or more times per week. From these tests, each student's rate of progress toward the instructional goal for the academic year can be identified, and teachers can quickly determine how students are performing. In this way, SPM indicates when an instructional change is needed. As changes are implemented and additional frequent, short tests are administered, teachers can evaluate the success of different teaching methods. In this way, SPM enables achievement of two types of goals for improving student achievement: (1) To determine the effectiveness of the teaching methods; and (2) To help schools raise student achievement and demonstrate success. A list of resources is included. (Contains 1 figure.)
National Center on Student Progress Monitoring. 1000 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel: 866-770-6111; Fax: 202-403-5001; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: National Center on Student Progress Monitoring
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A