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The National Center on Intensive Intervention’s Technical Review Committee (TRC) established a standard process to evaluate the scientific rigor of commercially available tools to monitor student’s progress.

The National Center on Intensive Intervention defines progress monitoring as repeated measurement of academic performance for the purpose of helping schools individualize instructional programs for students in grades K-12 who have intensive instructional needs. For this purpose, progress monitoring is collected weekly to assess whether student progress is adequate to meet the student’s instructional goal. If not, the teacher adjusts the instructional program to better meet the student’s needs and continues to monitor progress. This process recurs throughout intervention to formatively develop an effective, individually tailored instructional program. In the Center and in the document, we refer to this use of progress monitoring as data-based individualization.

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Detailed information about the standards the TRC used to evaluate the programs, as well as specifics about each commercial program — including the cost of the tool, what is needed to implement it, technology and accommodations for special needs, the support you will receive from the vendor, how the tool is intended to be used, and with whom it should be used — can be found here: Review of Progress Monitoring Tools (opens in a new window) on The National Center on Intensive Intervention website.

Please note that the National Center on Intensive Intervention does not endorse or recommend the tools included in the chart. The Center provides this information to assist educators and practitioners in making informed decisions about scientifically based tools that best meet their individual needs.


The National Center on Intensive Intervention (2012). Review of Progress Monitoring Tools. Washington, D.C.: American Institutes for Research.

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