Your Expert Guide About Behavior Data Tracking

Your Expert Guide About Behavior Data Tracking

Are you seeing some behavior changes in your students throughout the school year? Are there students who consistently show behaviors that impact learning during the school day? How are you tracking behaviors that encourage positive behaviors? Having systems and processes and data sheets to track behavior is important for classroom learning.

Recording behavioral data is important for students who need behavioral support because it provides information to the teacher about ways the student can be supported. These data points also help monitor rewards and positive behavior interventions. With this information informing classroom structure and practices, it also shows progress to parents and families. Tracking student behavior is beneficial to the classroom experience, connecting familial or parent support, and it gives school administrators a broad understanding of how students are doing in the school environment.

What do you know about your students?

Often schools collect student demographic information, student support needs, and in some ways, track how students behave. This is often connected to student incentives or consequence programs and supports special education programs within the school. Ultimately the data being collected is about student behavior. A student behavior program that informs school policy and practices but also gives administrators insight into the learning environment will aggregate the data in many ways. This informs teachers and school leadership about who specifically needs more support.

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Why track behavior data?

Tracking behavioral data provides lots of student data and information that would impact student classroom support. The intent is to help teachers and school administrators learn more about student needs by learning more about their behaviors. The use of a system also supports the administration in creating a positive environment that balances discipline with rewards and is careful to think about all the opportunities for students to feel safe and able to learn. This keeps teachers consistent with warnings or rewards throughout the day. It also helps navigate bias and holds teachers accountable for equitable teaching and instruction.

There are many different ways to track behaviors. However, behavior tracking provides the opportunity for analyzing patterns and measuring progress, such as:

  • Addressing problem behavior
  • Providing positive behavior support
  • Providing overall better classroom management


Collecting behavioral data on peer-to-peer interactions will be different than collecting data on student behaviors during whole group instruction. Take time to identify the right method that aligns with your school culture systems before changing your methods immediately.

How do you record behavioral data?

The best methods for collecting data and behavior recording include intentional data collection that allows teachers and staff to refer back to the information. It also includes a strategic plan for behavior that identifies behaviors, goals, and interventions. This keeps the behavior tracking process aligned to the overall school culture plan. 

5 Tools for Tracking Student Behavior

Keeping it simple overall is important! Teachers, staff, and administrators should understand the use of the tool, how to measure and analyze the data, and how it will support reaching overall school climate goals.

 Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence (ABC) data

This method not only collects information on what the behavior is but seeks to understand more about what triggers the behaviors in order to know what could change the behavior. This structured data collection method is helpful to simply check how and why behaviors occur.

 Scatterplot Analysis

This visual tool helps to visually understand the occurrence of a behavior. This does take time to draw/record but can be helpful when understanding with time intervals how a student’s behavior may shift or change.

 Task Analysis

This method is helpful when breaking down the components of behavior and identifying the smaller skills and tasks associated. This has been helpful for students with special needs, like autism, or who have identified the need to help manage their behaviors. Being able to identify smaller or associated behaviors helps the teacher to monitor and provide more direction.

 Data Forms

Find a system to help identify the targeted behaviors and track those behaviors during key times of the day. Organize the information and identify any patterns in behaviors across critical points in the day. This is also called interval recording.

 Behavior Management System

Collecting student data by hand or with multiple systems and methods can be daunting. The good news is Kickboard has a system that uses technology to not only collect the data but provide reports for analysis.

Here are 3 options for data sheets:

  1. Frequency counts: This form shows the number of times a behavior occurs in a given period. This may be helpful when reporting to staff and administration and could also be connected to other social and emotional student experiences.
  2. Rate recording: This adds a layer to the data, which could speak to the average rate a behavior occurred during a period of time. For example, how many times a student interrupted a lesson during the morning session.
  3. Latency recording: This will require a watch or use of technology that could monitor the time from which the behavior begins. Latency recording is really focused on the time it takes from the directive to the described behavior. This is also a good tool when measuring students’ responses to positive skills and behaviors.


Teachers and staff can use a combination of the behavior data forms to collect student data. This is an easy way to provide more robust data points.

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So, what’s the goal?

There are so many benefits that help to identify student supports, possible family interventions, and provide input on teacher practice during class. It can help both students and teachers in the classroom.

Kickboard provides the technology tool and platform to do this work with ease. With the Kickboard platform, teachers can collect data in real-time, create reports that can aggregate student data, and can also be used as the school culture and climate data.

At Kickboard you also have help! The Kickboard team is ready to support you in finding the best solution to creating positive learning environments and doing so with data from students. There is support in implementation and analyzing student data that will only advance class and school climate and culture. Using the Kickboard system also helps save time and energy as the data and reports will be in one place.