Those words can get any SLP’s heart racing. Data drives our therapy. It’s how we decide to keep going with our technique or start something new. It’s how we decide whether we can reduce services and start to focus on carry-over into the classroom. Data drives everything, but keeping track of data on every objective, for every child can be quite a task. Everyone has their own system; for me, it was data sheets in binders. The binders were great, but they became overwhelming when I needed to enter data for 20 kids and found myself staring at a literal wall of binders. Until recently, I used a data tracking app from Super Duper. It was fine, but I needed something a bit more refined. That’s when I stumbled across IEP PAL and decided to check it out.
IEP PAL is a two-pronged data collection system. You enter all of your information (student’s name and goals), then sync it with the app. The more I looked, the more I liked. I could keep track of data AND behaviors! The app has everything preset but offers customization and the option to add behaviors. This works great for tracking my RtI students when behavior is also a concern.
Now, my district uses an online IEP system already, so I just copied and pasted my students’ goals and objectives from the district’s system to this one. Yes, this took time, but it was super easy! Once I’d entered my students’ information, all I had to do was click the SYNC button on the app.
This is where the fun starts. Just tap which students you want to work with. Then, for each student, tap the goal you’re targeting and track away! Not only can you track correct and incorrect responses, but you can also see how many cues or prompts were given. It also shows you the last three accuracies for that goal.
I LOVE being able to have the option to simply enter data that I had taken on my own. This means I can take my tallies, enter in the numbers, and that data is included in their progress. This is a feature that was missing in the other data apps that I desperately needed!
When you want to check progress or print out information for IEP meetings or progress updates, just log in and get progress graphs for each objective! If you don’t want graphs, you can choose to have just numbers. The app gives you their average accuracy, as well as best and worst accuracies. All the adding and averaging, BOOM, done!
IEP PAL offers a 15 day FREE TRIAL and lots of support if you have questions. They have great You Tube videos on how to use the system if you get stuck, but it’s pretty simple. If you like it, you can get a year subscription for $95. I know, it’s a chunk of change, but to me, it was worth every penny! You could see if your school would be willing to purchase the subscription for you, or perhaps you could write a grant to have it covered if you are not up to/able to get the subscription on your own.
If you are looking for a different data tracking option, I definitely recommend giving IEP PAL a look. 🙂