Data Collection And Assessments: The Method Behind the Madness

Data drives everything. Instruction, interventions, behavior management, and classroom procedures are all based on data. Data provides a base and allows one to develop appropriate goals.

There are many different forms and tools for data collection. There are standardized, non-standardized, and teacher created it. There are also different types of measurement. Lets take a more in depth look


  • Frequency Recording: Measures the amount of time a behavior occurs during a specific duration of time. It can be a short as one task or as long as a full school day
  • Duration Recording: Measures the lengths of behaviors
    • Latency Recording: Is a type of duration recording. It measures how long it takes before the behavior beings
  • Interval Recording: Measures weather a behavior occurs or not during a pre-established interval
  • Prompt Hierarchy: Measures based on prompts used to complete task. Prompts can include verbal, gestural, and physical.
  • Task Analysis: Measures if steps were competed or for a specific task. It breaks a simple task, such as hand washing, into a series of smaller actions (i.e. turn on water, dispense soap, rub hands together). This is an annotated text and is non biased. The recorder/observer is simply documenting what is occurring for later analysis. Check out the TPT store for a peek.
  • ABC: ABC is a method used to look it behaviors. It stands for Antecedent Behavior, and Consequence. This is an annotated text and is non biased. The recorder/observer is simply documenting what is occurring for later analysis.


  • Standardized: Standardized Assessments are criterion referenced assessments that generally follow a bell curve. They compare students performance to a norm-referenced rubric.
  • Teacher Developed: Many of the standardized and curriculum are geared towards typically developing skills. My students tend to score very low on these assessments. In turn, I have created my own assessment tool that better captures student’s strengths and weakness. To purchase my Pre-K Special Education Assessment and tools click here.

Data Driven Practices

After data is collected it is than analyzed. Data is used to develop IEP goals, appropriate accommodations/modifications, interventions, and track progress. Each tool has its individualized tracking period.However, data is collected on a daily basis in our classroom.


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