Based on the module and what you have learned over the last three classes, how might you use CBM in your own classroom? What strategies or tips might you use? What questions do you still have about using CBM?
CBM stands for Curriculum-based measurement. It is a type of progress monitoring used to assess student performance throughout an entire year’s curriculum. CMB can help teachers with planning, it shows teachers where students are struggling and where students are excelling. Instead of waiting for the end of the year, teachers can constantly be keeping track of their students progress. CBM can help teachers see if their teaching methods are working on their students, or maybe it is working for some but not others. If students are constantly behind, teachers can recommend those students get intervention. If intervention is not working they can get special education. CBM is a great tools for teachers to see if students are going above and beyond the goal, these students might be placed in the gifted and talented program. The teacher can find the class average and graph the information week after week. Teachers can easily share this information with other teachers, principles, parents, paraprofessionals, and special educators. All and all, this is a great tool for teachers to use all the time.
For each grade there is obviously different information that students area learning about. All different types of information and learning can be used in the CBM graph. Through the year, and even though multiple years, if used that much, students can be monitored in all subjects. Teachers can see how students are doing compared to peers but also if they are improving, decreasing, or staying at the same level.
Reading tests are also called probes. Students at different academic levels can use different level probes in CBM. Students who are at the reading grade level that they should be at can be monitored with a different leveled probe that is appropriate for them.
Teachers must be experts at using probes. They should be good at timing and marking down all of the information that they need. Teachers may not let students see the probes. Probes should be a part of the students regal classroom routine. They should be familiar with probes and comfortable when teachers are testing them.
After collecting data, it is time for the teacher to graph the information they got from the probes. Graphing the students frequently will help the teacher see where each student is and where he or she needs to improve teaching instruction. Using Excel is the best way for graphing this information, teachers should be familiar with Excel. It is also important that the teacher comes up with a goal for the students to meet by the end of the year. This goal should be set from prior knowledge, common core standards, and help from other teachers and the principle. It is essential to change instruction if the student is not meeting the goal line. If this is happening, teachers should communicate with other teachers, parents, and the student.
I will definitely be using CBM in my own classroom. I think this is a great way to track students in a quick and easy way. I am familiar with Excel so I am comfortable using the results in this program. It is very helpful for teachers to see where students are in the class!
Who would be able to see the graphs that the teacher makes. Would the paraprofessional, special educators, and tile two teachers all have access?
Do a lot of teachers use CMB? I have seen teachers graphing students but I am not sure if they were using this exact program.