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Student Progress Monitoring Core Competencies Outline

The Core Competency Outline is intended for use in higher education courses and ongoing professional development settings in which there is an expectation that participants will master the identified competencies. All aspects of student progress monitoring are covered, from basic concepts to specific Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) probe administration and scoring in Reading, Math, Written Expression and Spelling. While there are many ways to utilize the Student Progress Monitoring Core Competencies Outline, some examples include:

  • A University faculty member may use this outline to set up his/her semester course outline. The resources included under each competency could be used as resources for in-class discussion or for student extension assignments.
  • A professional development provider in a school district may use the core competency outline to develop a year-long professional development plan, where each competency is covered within each 6-week period. The resources in the outline could be utilized as pre-reading assignments or discussion starters during the professional development.

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  1. Basics of Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) 
  1. Definition, description of use, differentiation from other forms of assessment  
  1. Things to think about when planning to implement SPM/CBM 
  1. CBM and special populations 
  1. Implementation Examples 
  1. Choosing a progress monitoring tool 
  1. Conduct student progress monitoring using CBM 
  1. Placing a student in a task and identifying the appropriate level of material 
  1. Administer and score CBM 
  1. Reading 
  1. letter-sound fluency
  1. word identification
  1. oral reading fluency
  1. maze
  1. Math 
  1. Written expression 
  1. Written Expression
  1. Spelling
  1. Graph CBM data, set goals, draw trend lines 
  1. Interpreting graphed data: Decision-making protocols 
  1. Use CBM data to make administrative and instructional decisions 
  1. Making instructional modifications based on CBM data 
  1. Using CBM data to set IEP goals and monitor progress 
  1. Using CBM data to inform Adequate Yearly Progress Analysis 
  1. Using CBM in a RTI framework: tiered decision-making 
  1. Case Studies  
  1. Reading  
  1. Math 
  1. Written Expression 
  1. RTI  
  1. Adequate Yearly Progress