Many schools use Data Collection when they are monitoring a child’s behavior. It helps them track the appropriate and inappropriate behavior of a student. The data will show patterns as to when and what triggers a specific type of behavior. In order to have a complete picture of a student with behavioral problems, data collection is essential during both structured and non-structured time. Therefore, when a behavioral goal is written, be as specific as possible when discussing how data will be collected.
1. How many school employees will be needed to work with the student?
To make sure that the student is covered during structured and non-structured time.
2. Is there extra training involved for some of the staff to collect data?
To make sure that all the staff knows what to look for with regards to appropriate or inappropriate behavior.
3. If someone is on medical leave such as a teacher or aide, has the substitute employee been appropriately briefed on the data collection for the student’s IEP?
Even when school personnel are on leave, the school is STILL RESPONSIBLE for carrying out your child’s IEP to the letter!
4. Does everyone in the IEP meeting understand WHY the data is being collected?
This very important in case a particular behavior escalates, it will be a red flag for a school employee to call a new IEP to discuss new methods of intervention or an additional behavior assessment.
5. Is the school looking to phase out supervision in the future for your child?
You can’t phase something out unless you have substantial data to base your decision on.
6. Is the IEP team in agreement as to what type of data they are looking for?
To make sure that the entire team knows whether they are supposed to be tracking all behavior or just inappropriate behavior.
7. Are school personnel sharing their data collection when they see red flags in behavior with the rest of the IEP team members?
School personnel need to alert the other members to determine if there are particular patterns with regards to the child’s escalating behavior.
8. Is it clear in the IEP as to how the data is supposed to be collected?
Schools can track data in many ways; such as observation, charts, logs…etc. It must be clear to all school personnel to insure the IEP was implemented correctly.
9. What the specific names of the school personnel who will be responsible for collecting data on your child; including the names of the people who are not on the IEP team, but are responsible for supervision during school hours?
In case the data was not collected, you need to know who dropped the ball!!
10. Who will be communicating the data collection responsibility to those individuals who are not part of the IEP team?
In case the person who has been supervising your child on the playground says “I was not told to gather data.” You need to know who dropped the ball!!