Data collection forms the basis for evaluating and informing student learning outcomes and the effectiveness of teaching practices (Brawley & Stormont, 2013), and provides the foundation of teaching quality. In special education, data is used to drive all decision making. Before new goals are added, teachers and service providers collect data. When you need to determine if goals have been met...you guessed it, data!
Did you know that your child can not be dismissed from special education or related services without data driven decision making? Is your IEP team proposing something that you do not understand? Ask for the data. Do you need help interpreting reports or other data from your child's records? I can help!