Gauging student progress in a special education classroom is directly related to carefully following each students individualized education plan (IEP). Progress is measured in increments of growth, such as an improved reading level, as measured by standardized tests. Strengths are built upon, and weakness are remediated whenever possible. Individual portfolios containing written work, and projects are studied by the classroom teacher in order to further evaluate progress. Depending on outcome, adjustments may be made in content focus or in teaching strategies.
Teacher observation of a student's individual and group participation in classroom projects, as well as interaction with other students is an ongoing process of evaluation. Behavior management is measured according to an individual's specific behavioral plan. It might include such things as; time on task, promptness to class, use of appropriate language, control of outbursts, or completion of assignments.
Graded tests and quizzes, teacher corrected worksheets, completed assignments, including both classroom and homework assignments, are additional ways of evaluating student progress. Classroom participation, including positive contributions to group discussions, is another valuable tool for accessing individual progress. Clearly the most important evaluation of an individual's school success or failure is a review of his attendance record. Virtually all failures in my classroom, and in the school in general, are due to lack of consistent school attendance. The ramifications of poor attendance override the best teaching strategies, and the finest curriculum.