How to Use IEP Goal Tracking Sheet to Save Time

Are you reading to get started with an innovative IEP goal tracking sheet? Let me guess, you are exhausted from lesson planning, faculty meetings, team planning meetings, professional development, IEP meetings, department meetings, MDE meetings, parent conferences, legal training, extra curricular activities and supervision meetings. Plus, you just got a new student who needs their IEP adopted within the next few days and your new paraeducator just quit, again. 


When you consider the one million tasks that teachers are expected to complete in a day, is it any wonder why progress monitoring can feel so overwhelming? Special education teachers already have so much on their plates working with the neediest students. Adding mountains of progress monitoring can make the job feel impossible. 


What if I told you that you don’t have to spend hours each week sorting through piles of papers trying to find what you need for data collection? What if there was a system that could keep all of your data easily organized in one place? Special education teacher, once you get this process streamlined, you will literally get hours of your time back each week and be totally prepared when annual IEPs roll around.


In this post, I will show you:

  • How to set up special education progress monitoring digitally
  • Using paper IEP goal tracking sheet
  • Tracking behavior data collecting in special education




How to set up Special Education Progress Monitoring Digitally


Ahhh Rachel no! Don’t make me go digital! Okay, hold on a minute. Remember that time all of education went digital for a few months/year? Let’s be honest, that was a nightmare. Digital organization doesn’t have to be that way! You probably learned a few new tricks that will make this even easier.


This IEP Goal Tracking Sheet bundle comes with my best seller Digital IEP Goal Progress Monitoring Graph Template Google Sheets. Hundreds of teachers have fallen in love with this graphing template!


You will get a copy of a Google Sheets template. First, make a copy for each one of your students. The template has premade goal sheets for reading fluency, decoding, encoding, comprehension, computation, application, math reasoning, and behavior. Some goals are made to graph one number, such as the accuracy for decoding. Other sheets, like reading fluency, will create two separate graphs: one for points and one for accuracy. Do you have a goal that is not listed here? No worries! These are editable sheets! Simply change the name of that tab and the title of the graph and it can represent a different goal! The opportunities are endless!


Be sure to check out this Guide to Digital IEP Goal Progress Monitoring Graphs for a more specific overview of this part of the bundle.


Here’s what teachers are saying:

Teaching Muse – I am using this to track student progress toward meeting their IEP goals. This works for many of their goals. I use one copy for each student and then put their goals in the tabs at the bottom. I think the visual will be helpful for the parents to see how their child is progressing. 


Decoding Readers – LOVE this visual graphic! Helps showcase my goals for RTI


Christine D. – Easy to use.  Makes progress monitoring simple.


​Melanie S. – This is a great tool and I have been looking for something like this to make taking data easier.  Thank you!



Using Paper IEP Goal Tracking Sheet

Does the idea of technology make you feel too nervous? No worries! We have a paper IEP goal tracking sheet pack for you! These editable sheets provide you with spaces to write in your students’ IEP goals and keep track of their progress monitoring data.


Start by making a set of sheets for each one of your students. Next, add the student’s name to the header of each page. This will be a lifesaver if it ever gets lost. Then, add each IEP goal to a different sheet. You can choose whichever sheet works best for you! Do you need two, three, or four columns? We’ve got you covered! 


Behavior Data Collection in Special Education

Want my honest opinion? Tracking behavior data used to really scare me. I always had a hard time keeping track of behavior sheets. Students would lose them, forget to ask their teacher to fill it out, or destroy them when they got angry. It was so frustrating! I never felt like I was providing reliable data!


After creating the digital progress monitoring graph, I started thinking, why can’t behavior charts also be digital? After a lot of head scratching and then finally asking my techy hubby, I figured out how to use google sheets to not only track behavior data but also automatically graph it for me! 


When you grab this behavior chart with graphs, you can use just one sheet to track all behavior goals for one student. You can easily add up to 4 different behavior goals. You can track these goals across 10 segments of time throughout the day. Just change the information on the Master tab and it will automatically update all sheets and pull the data onto the graphing tab. Beautiful graphs are ready to go as you add in your data!


Read more in the guide to using digital behavior charts.



Grab the bundle today!

Why choose just one? You can grab all three of these goodies by snagging this bundle for 20% off the total price. You will get the digital progress monitoring graphs, paper data collection sheets, and the digital behavior charts with graphs. With this pack, get all of your special education progress monitoring organized! Let me help you get started with my guide How to Organize Progress Monitoring in Special Education. Save yourself the time and stress of creating a system by grabbing this pack today!



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Hi, I'm Rachel!

I am a second grade learning support teacher, adjunct professor and momma to two little girls! I help teachers like you get organized and create systems to save time.

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