The Performance Tracking System (PTS) originated in 2000 to assist in quantifying the engagement and performance of students in the most restrictive educational programs. It has been a pivotal and successful tool in assisting kids with significant and complex needs in these programs. Over the last two decades, the PTS has continued to adjust in response to the needs of our students and our schools. Currently, the PTS provides the necessary structure and support for social emotional learning (SEL) across multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) in school districts. It is a multifaceted tool that expands its supports in congruence with student need.
Regulation is a basic human function that is necessary for everyone to monitor and manage throughout life. Regulation should be a very normal part of what is observed and practiced in a classroom. The Performance Tracking System provides classroom teachers language and an infrastructure to encourage, teach, and practice self regulation. Kids who dysregulate often are able to observe other children practicing regulation which normalizes the process for them. Students are able to self identify, or be offered opportunities to recognize, their need for regulatory practice.
The Performance Tracking System has eight skill sets that encompass what is necessary to be a successful student in school. The application of these skills simplifies the expectations for kids and the classroom management language for adults. This consistency established through common language across classrooms, makes school a more predictable place for children who struggle in adult managed places. The combination of predictability and regulatory practice allows students to maintain in the classroom and be engaged in learning which increases their academic performance.
The tier II and III applications assist students in self-monitoring, gauging their impact on themselves and others, and taking feedback from adults without being defensive or engaging in a power struggle. The PTS provides the adults with objective data about when kids struggle, in what skill set, and under what conditions. The adults are positioned to make informed decisions about what strategies to adjust. This will increase student’s capacity to stay engaged and learn in the classroom.
The PTS will simultaneously do three things:
- Increase student engagement.
- The PTS will support and normalize the observation and practice of self regulation.
- The PTS will increase the student’s ability to self-monitor, increase their awareness of the skills they need to practice, and motivate them to attempt change.
- Ensure objective, consistent, and purposeful language.
- The PTS will provide staff with common language across classrooms when defining skills and the level of adult management necessary.
- The PTS will release trained adults from bantering or repeating expectations which can lead to power struggles and additional barriers.
- Provide data that guides instructional strategies, behavior modification, and progress monitoring.
- The PTS will provide objective current data to be reviewed regularly to ensure common language and maintain forward progress.
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