Part 11 - What is Curriculum-Based Measurement and What Does It Mean to a Child?

ASSESSMENT IN SPECIAL EDUCATION SERIES

Introduction

Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) is a method teachers use to find out how students are progressing in basic academic areas such as math, reading, writing, and spelling.  CBM can be helpful to parents because it provides current, week-by-week information on the progress their children are making.  When a child’s teacher uses CBM, he or she finds out how well the child is progressing in learning the content for the academic year.  CBM also monitors the success of the instruction a child is receiving – if a child’s performance is not meeting expectations, the teacher then changes the way of teaching the child to try to find the type and amount of instruction the child needs to make sufficient progress toward meeting the academic goals. This issue of NASET’s Assessment in Special Education series will focus on the importance of Curriculum-Based Measurement.  It was written by Kathleen McLane and developed through Cooperative Agreement (#H326W0003) between the American Institutes for Research and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

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