Data, data, data! What is it about those numbers and graphs that drive us wild? Crazy Speech World is hosting a Data Linky that I am so excited to link up to. Just click on the image below to go to her page and see what other SLP bloggers do about data. There are so many options for data collection I wanted to take a chance to share some of my favorite systems with you.
I am a visual person. I like to be able to see the progress my students are making so I tend to lean more towards data tracking charts rather direct percentage collection. I track my students by creating a page for each goal, yes it can be quite a few pages depending on the student, but it really does keep me organized. During my sessions I use post-its to tally my students accuracy. After each session I mark where their percentage was for the goal we worked on. As time goes on I have a nice little graph that shows their progress. This is also handy because it lets me see fairly quickly if they are not making progress so that I can alter my therapy to better suit them. Below is a picture of the basic data tracking form I use. I use this form for students with 1-5 goals/objectives ( that’s goals, not annual goals plus benchmarks or objectives )You can get download it for free at my TpT store.
Here is a picture of my more detailed data tracking form. I originally found this format on Speaking of Speech but have modified it over and over to fit my needs more. I use this form for my students who have A LOT of goals. On each page instead of having one goal, I have the annual goal its benchmarks or objectives. This means less pages in the binder but no visuals. Both forms are included in my Speech Therapy Information and Data Binder.
I use binders to store my students data sheets. Each student has their own binder with all their goal pages in it. These binders are for me only, not my students, simply to avoid pages getting lost or misplaced. My students can see their data at anytime if they ask. I just three hole punch my data sheets and place them in the binder. I also get little, sticky page tabs and number them 1 thru however many goals they have, that way pages are easier to find.
I love to try and incorporate technology when I can, especially if it will make my therapy day easier. Super Duper has a data tracking app that I really do like but I am not ready to toss my data binders quite yet. The app allows you to enter in all goals for each student, decided how you want to to track their accuracy, will create a graph for each goal, and allow you to group students according to therapy group/time. So you are probably thinking what is the problem, it does everything. Yes, it does to a lot, but for me the draw back is that you can only collect data while the app is open, you cannot enter in a percentage or data manually. So if I am using an app in therapy that day I cannot go into a student’s goals and enter in that they got 80% accuracy. I would have to open the app and click until 80% was established for that goal.