Effective Practices

Tracking Growth

PL-1, Pl-2, I-7



The purpose of tracking progress is to help everyone achieve more.  Be careful not to assign consequences as a result of tracking data.

Quick Tips

Enlist a second set of eyes as other teachers can always provide helpful advice and may be able to see a trend that was overlooked.

When keeping anecdotal notes, it is helpful to keep a binder with students’ names labeled under each tab.  Be sure to include the date.


When Students Track Their Progress

How to Graph Student Progress

Sample Student Evaluation Template


Other Strategies

Progress Charts

Simple visual displays that help teachers see whether or not the student is on an upward trend. Some progress charts are used for short-term goals such as vocabulary retention or high frequency word fluency.  A yearlong progress chart can be used for essential skills such as works of literature, or identifying and utilizing mathematical formulas.