Every goal can be turned into a yes-no question!

There are many ways you can collect data using fastIEP. Though each goal is logged with a binary answer - Yes or No - the granularity of the question you are answering is up to you! Let's go through an example:

I have a goal that a student will answer 5 questions after a story has been read aloud with 80% accuracy over 8 consecutive trials. How would I indicate that she got 60% accuracy when the goal tracker asks Yes/No questions on whether she performed the task at that time? I don't want to always indicate "no" and it says 0% if she really is achieving at some level.

Here is how we can adjust our goal logging pattern to accommodate more granular data collection:

  1. Treat each of the 5 questions as its own discrete event.
  2. For the first question in a given trial, you click the goal tile and answer Yes or No based on whether the student got that particular question right or wrong. Because it's the first question, logging that event starts the trial.
  3. For each of the 5 questions, you record the Yes or No. The percentage will go up or down accordingly, as calculated by the software on an ongoing basis.
  4. After the 5th question, you click the Stop button to end the trial. The system then automatically calculates whether the threshold was met. Quite simply you either had 80% or 100% which would mean the student succeeded on that trial, or you had 60% (3 out of the 5 questions) or less, in which case the student did not meet the threshold for that trial.
  5. Each time you have a new story and set of 5 questions, you do the same thing again. You log the first question and that opens the trial, and after the 5th question, you close the trial.
  6. This should address all the requirements of that goal.

By the way, since it is a goal that involves "consecutive" trials, it can be quite stringent. Even if the student gets 7 sets of 5 questions at 80% or 100%, if she gets a 60% or less on the 8th trial, the progress indicator will revert all the way to 0. 

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