Comprehensive Ways to Collect Data in the Classroom

Comprehensive Ways to Collect Data in the Classroom

Have you ever felt swamped determining how to gather data to inform social and emotional learning and behavioral support within your classroom?

Like many educators across the nation, the answer is probably yes. Collecting data is very important and can help us make student-driven decisions daily, but finding ways to collect student data can be challenging. As an educator, you may take time to plan universal behavior systems that appropriately give reminders when students are not making the best choices. Or, you may have created plans that reward individual students for positive choices. At times, this may not be enough to meet the diverse needs of your classroom. To individualize and decide the best approach for your group of students, collecting behavioral data is extremely helpful. Collecting behavioral data can help you determine which students need extra support, when the support is needed, and how students respond when these supports are put in place. To notice, implement, and refine behavior supports, you must ensure that the necessary data is collected. These practices will ensure that you are creating a classroom culture where student achievement and learning are at the forefront.

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What data can be gathered in the classroom?

Teachers have a difficult job and are tasked with making decisions that can greatly impact the success of students. Many times these decisions are made in the moment to ensure that the individual needs of students are being met. In order to make decisions in the best interest of students, educators must proactively gather and use data to continually know and respond to their students’ needs. This is a collective effort that informs the effectiveness of teaching practices, overall student achievement, and general well-being of students.

Collecting data ensures that students’ needs are always a priority and cultivates the ongoing improvement and development of teachers. This ultimately allows you the opportunity to analyze patterns, measure progress, and keep track of students who need support. Thorough and thoughtful data analysis allows educators to appropriately form a plan, cultivate ideas, and keep track of student support; such as small groups, classroom incentives, behavior progress, and parental communication. It is important for educators to have planned methods to track data and monitor student progress.

What data collection methods are used to track and monitor student progress?

Teachers can choose many data collection strategies to track and monitor student progress within their classroom. Below, you will find a list of recommended methods to collect data throughout the school year.

  • Teacher binder – This is a helpful data collection method to track the behavior of students over time. It allows you to keep notes on students in one central location. 
  • Behavior diary – This can be a teacher-facing tool or a student-facing tool. Teachers can use this solely to record student behavior trends that occur frequently in the classroom. You can also provide this as a tool for students to record and collect how they are behaving.
  • Data tracking sheets – Data tracking sheets are helpful tools that can present information to you in a codified and systematic way. This will help streamline the data collection process.
  • Organizational methods: Examples of organizational methods are labeled storage bins, clipboards, data binders or data folders, sticky notes, etc. This allows educators to keep data collection and valuable information organized to easily refer to on an ongoing basis.
  • Interval recording – This is a great way to capture behavior observations occurring within a given interval within your class. You can simply record the occurrence or nonoccurrence of behavior within a time period of your choice. This is typically most easily gathered when organized on a chart to quickly make notes with a simple checkmark. 
  • Frequency counts – This is a great way to capture real-time quantitative data and behavior trends. You can tally how many times a student has demonstrated a desirable or consistent behavior of concern in a given period of time (i.e. calling out without raising a hand within a class period).
  • Anecdotal recording – Teachers have knowledge of each student’s behavior throughout the school day. Anecdotal data collection can be captured in a brief summary of what you observed throughout the day for a given student or class. When doing so, you must always capture an example and remain objective. 
  • Scatterplot analysis – This allows you to tally behavior occurrences during a given period of time and enter your findings onto a scatter plot. The scatter plot gives you the ability to see trends in an easy-to-navigate and organized graph. This type of analysis is also known as Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM), commonly used to determine how students are doing in basic academic areas.
  • Review of school records – This is a great starting point to gain useful information on students that are new to your class. This can also be a helpful tool to use if you need to learn more about a student who has a history of behaving in a particular way. This gives you the ability to proactively plan how you will approach student behavior in your classroom. Additionally, this may help you decide if you need more information regarding incoming students.
  • Student accountability binder – This is a great way to empower students to take ownership over their behavior and learning. Within the binder, students can set goals and reflect on their own data during a given month, week or day. This is a small task that can serve as a resource for in-person or distance learning.
  • Focused small groups – Small groups allow for targeted data collection with a manageable number of students based on the area of focus determined by the educator. You can structure groupings based on student needs to easily record how each student responds when focusing on a specific skill.
  • Kickboard – Kickboard software can help you collect, aggregate, and analyze behavior within your class. Additionally, Kickboard School Culture and Climate Survey can help you collect student feedback on the culture and climate within your classroom or school. 


Using these methods to collect data can help you gather the in-depth information needed to analyze trends and set the appropriate intervention within your class. Effective data collection has a direct result on the achievement and well-being of students. Information gathered through meaningful data collection is extremely valuable and can result in heightened student achievement and grades.

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Kickboard Software has all of the features educators need to comprehensively collect and use data in the classroom. Our apps allow educators to easily track student behavior, which helps them notice various trends to create the necessary intervention or teach replacement behaviors. With Kickboard’s software app, you can reinforce positive behaviors such as student participation, and reduce disruptions or other unwanted behaviors.

Kickboard’s family portal allows teachers to partner and share data with students’ parents to ultimately ensure parents are partners in their student’s education. This is a huge benefit for educators because it helps to reinforce positive behaviors at home and in the classroom. With the right tools, collecting, analyzing, and acting on behavior data can be an easy and effective process at your school.