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Fact Sheet: Benefits of Curriculum-Based Measurement

by Kathleen McLane

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photo: Young girl walking holding her parents' handsAs a part of the increasing emphasis among schools on meeting important statewide academic goals, schools are focusing more closely on the progress of individual students. As a parent, you have a similar goal – to monitor the progress of your own child. Frequent student progress monitoring accomplishes this common goal, in that it is used to track the progress of individual students in a way that is easily communicated. The best-known method of student progress monitoring – Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) – also enables teachers to select the teaching methods that work best with the individual child.

CBM, which teachers use to track students’ progress toward annual goals, offers a number of benefits to parents and students, as well as teachers. Please review the article, “What Is Curriculum-Based Measurement and What Does It Mean for My Child” as background to understanding these benefits:

This website ( offers information for parents, teachers, and school administrators about CBM and other methods of student progress monitoring. Keep an eye on our website for frequent updates and new information that can help you advocate for your child.

Figure 1: The trend-line is above the goal-line. The student is making progress.

Example 2: The trend-line is below the goal line. The student is not making progress. An instructional change is needed.

Thank you to the staff of the Parent Education Advocacy Training Center (PETAC) for their input on this paper. In particular Cheri Takemoto and Bonnie Davis provided invaluable advice.

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