IDEA progress monitoring made simple

Are They Staying on Track? provides step-by-step practical guidance to help district employees comply with all aspects of the IDEA's progress-monitoring requirement
By: | November 22, 2021

LRP Media Group, a recognized leader in the special education publishing industry, has released Are They Staying on Track? Monitoring Students’ Progress Under the IDEA. This new publication reviews the IDEA’s progress-monitoring requirement from start to finish to give educators a better understanding of the process as a whole and — more importantly — to help them avoid common progress-monitoring missteps.

Each chapter includes a plain-language explanation of a different part of the progress-monitoring process. It begins with an overview of IDEA requirements and then provides step-by-step guidance on how to describe progress-monitoring activities in students’ IEPs; ensure proper documentation of students’ progress; coordinate and compile progress reports; provide meaningful information about students’ progress; deliver progress reports to parents; and respond to a student’s lack of expected progress. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter encourage educators to examine their own district’s progress-monitoring policies and practices to identify potential areas for improvement.

Amy E. Slater, Esq., the author of Are They Staying on Track?, said she hopes to demystify IDEA progress monitoring for educators. “Telling educators that they need to monitor students’ progress toward their annual IEP goals isn’t enough,” she said. “They need to know the specific steps they should take to ensure they collect and document appropriate data and deliver meaningful progress reports in a timely manner.”

The pamphlet tells administrators and classroom personnel how to:

  • Document the IEP team’s chosen method for monitoring a student’s progress.
  • Identify the type and amount of progress-monitoring data to collect.
  • Ensure that teachers and related services providers submit progress monitoring data in a timely manner.
  • Write a progress report that keeps the student’s parents in the loop.
  • Remedy common causes of delayed or missing progress reports.
  • Determine whether an IDEA-eligible student is on track to meet her annual IEP goals.

Are They Staying on Track? Monitoring Students’ Progress Under the IDEA is available for purchase from LRP Publications’ online store.


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