The Power of a Paper Trail: How to Organize Your Child's School Paperwork to Help Track Progress by Pepi Silverman
The process of education involves a great deal of paper. Whether it’s worksheets or report cards, the papers containing the information about a student’s progress tell a meaningful story. For parents that have concerns about their child’s progress, using all that paper to create a “paper trail” helps to validate those issues. To maintain a paper trail that would be meaningful in planning for educational services, consider the following:
- Organize everything into chronological order.
- Generate follow-up letters to document all conversations with the school.
- Compare IEP goals and progress reports from one year to another.
- Reference student progress over time.
By keeping data in an organized manner, parents can reference performance information to ensure progress is achieved.