Measuring progress


Parents and teachers who work closely with their kids will know immediately if these strategies are useful, resulting in improved skill with reading, writing and learning. However, there are times that it is essential to measure progress and show data. Sometimes even for the child’s own information, seeing performance levels and changes in those performance levels that are actually measured can be very motivating for students when they know that they are writing at higher

words per minute with greater accuracy or that their comprehension levels are more significant.


Grades will reflect progress. But there are other specific methods of determining how specific tools are helping. It is important to take into account variables, and if a student is producing writing using different kinds of tools and strategies, it is also important to take into account what those are when evaluating the data. There are many different methods for collecting data and showing progress.


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Two different kinds of data

Both kinds of data are important to measure progress.


People are most familiar with this type of data. This is the kind of data that collects numbers or measures specific criteria which can then be recorded in charts and graphs. It is objective and very clear. As part of this data, variables and set up, including the types of technology tools used, should be recorded.



Parents and teachers know that we don’t always need numbers to determine if there is progress. We can use our own parental/professional judgment to see and determine if a child is progressing or to evaluate how a child is doing with a specific strategy or tool. Our own observations as parents and teachers, together with the child’s own observations and feelings are going to be key points in terms of whether using these voice-based tools are effective for the individual child.

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When collecting data when using voice for writing using voice technologies, data should show the comparison of performance between the different methods of writing:

  1. Handwriting

  2. Keyboarding

  3. Voice Recording

  4. Speech Recognition

Two online methods of collecting and recording data for measuring progress and comparison between the 4 methods of writing: