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This tool is designed to help educators collect academic progress monitoring data across multiple measures as a part of the data-based individualization (DBI) process. This tool allows educators to store data for multiple students (across multiple measures), graph student progress, and set individualized goals for a student on specific measures. Within the DBI process, this tool can be used in conjunction with the DBI Data Meeting Tools. 

Do you have questions about data-based individualization and implementing intensive intervention for students with severe and persistent academic and behavioral needs? In this webinar, expert panelists Drs. Chris Lemons, T. Chris Riley-Tillman, and Teri Marx address frequently asked questions surrounding implementation of intensive intervention. 

This log can be used by intervention providers or planning teams to review, document, and improve implementation of the data-based individualization (DBI) process for the group of students they serve.

This log can be used as a daily and weekly record of your implementation of an individual student’s intensive intervention plan. This information, along with progress monitoring graphs, can inform team intervention and data review meetings. You may choose to supplement the logs with additional items or more detailed intervention notes.

Intensive intervention teams can use these checklists to monitor implementation of the data-based individualization (DBI) process during initial planning and ongoing review (progress monitoring) meetings. These detailed checklists may be most beneficial for less experienced teams. As teams become more familiar with DBI implementation, they may choose to use the checklists less frequently or focus on only a subset of items.

This Module, the second in a series on intensive intervention, offers information on making data-based instructional decisions. Specifically, the resource discusses collecting and analyzing progress monitoring and diagnostic assessment data. Developed in collaboration with the National Center on Intensive Intervention at American Institutes for Research and the CEEDAR Center, this resource is designed for individuals who will be implementing intensive interventions (e.g., special education teachers, reading specialists, interventionists).

Question: What do you need to consider when selecting a behavioral progress monitoring tool? 

Ongoing sustained professional development that allows educators to continuously examine, reflect upon, and improve instructional practice, data-based decision making, and delivery of interventions is essential for implementing a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). Where do we find resources to provide this professional development?

Question: Why might we need to consider integrated academic and behavioral interventions, especially for students with more intensive needs and those at the secondary level? 

Response to Intervention (RTI) and Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) are frameworks for integrating instruction, evidence-based interventions, and assessments to meet the academic and behavior needs of all students. The essential components of MTSS are as follows: screening, progress monitoring, a multilevel prevention system, and data-based decision making (National Center on Response to Intervention, 2010).


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