Progress Monitoring in the Middle School Setting to Enhance Student Literacy Skills

Students with Individual Education Program plans (IEPs) are expected to learn grade-level material while bridging gaps in their education, as they may be a number of grade levels behind in a specific content area due to their disability. Progress monitoring is a method to assess student growth and improvement in areas where a student is having difficulty. Progress monitoring also provides teachers with data that allow them to prepare lessons with the needed accommodations and modifications so that students who need additional support can access and progress in the curriculum being taught. This project describes how one special educator used a structured literacy intervention program coupled with a commercial progress monitoring system with middle-level students to increase their literacy performance in comprehension, vocabulary development, and reading rate, track students’ progress toward meeting Individual Education Common Core content standards.