Teacher Tools Related to Curriculum Based Assessment/Measurement
Using Curriculum-Based Measurement
CBM is a way of measuring student performance using a simple set of procedures for repeated measurement of growth. It provides information on how the student's behavior changes on a task of constant difficulty. A goal is identified and interventions are implemented to improve student performance.
Creating Baselines and Aimlines
A baseline represents a student's performance at the onset of the problem solving process, and an aimline represents the expected rate of academic growth for a student. Determining a baseline and recording an aimline on a graph provide a visual reminder of the expected goal and weekly progress. This also gives the teacher an opportunity to revise the instructional plan at any time.
Writing IEP Goals and Objectives
Measurable IEP goals and objectives can be written that are compatible with the use of CBM by following identified formulas.
Using Instructional Planning Forms
Teachers can use specific instructional planning forms and the CBM data they collect to consider a student's academic progress and how it might be improved with changes in instruction.
Data utilization strategies have been developed to help teachers in making instructional changes. They include the goal-based strategy, the intervention orientedstrategy, and the goal/intervention approach.
David C. Rogers, Ph.D., St. Cloud State University