Progress Monitoring Best Practices

Progress Monitoring Best Practices

Classworks Progress Monitoring pairs Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) probes with tools to track progress and real-time reports to help you identify what is or isn't working with a student's intervention plan and make informed, instructional decisions.



Assign the probe that corresponds to the students grade equivalency. This data is readily available from most screening tools, including the Classworks assessments. 

  • Students should understand the importance of the short probe they are receiving each week. This ensures the work being done both by the student and the student support team is making a difference. It also informs if changes need to be made. 

  • Make sure students are taking their probes each week. They automatically reappear when it is time to take them. Students need to be reminded to do their best early and often. 

  • Modify interventions or the progress monitoring level if a student is consistently acing or bottoming out on the test. 

Site Administrators

  • Teachers should ensure students are taking CBM probes each week, at consistent times.

  • Review the results regularly with teachers (tier 2) and interventionists (tier 3) to ensure students are responding appropriately to all of the interventions put in place. 

  • Use the results to move students from tier to tier as appropriate. 

District Administrators 

Ensure you have a clear process for identifying students for tiers two and three. If it is not the Classworks assessment, make sure a process is in place to take the data from another assessment and identify those students in Classworks. 

Classworks strongly believes that effective progress monitoring should only be used for students receiving interventions, not for all students. 

Once a student is identified for an intervention, establish a process for ‘starting’ their progress monitoring.

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