So we have just finished a run, not a jog not a walk, but a run of supporting our students with diverse needs in a virtual environment.

I know that some of us were not prepared for this, and it was a shock to our system. Reflecting back on this whirlwind, I know that there are some things that I would do differently. Even though I would love to write my action plan, for the Fall I have a couple of days to prepare for Virtual ESY, Extended School Year, Services. 

Well, some may be asking, why would I put myself through this because we have just come out of crisis schooling, why would you want to do it again? 

Yes,  I just did finish Crisis Schooling and some of you are still in the trenches, but I am doing ESY because first I want to improve my practice. Second, I do not want the students who will be transitioning back to school in the Fall to continue to regress. 

Knowledge Lost

Students lose a lot of knowledge over the Summer months, and this year it is also going to be compounded with a schooling crisis where students had to shift gears and learn exclusively from a computer and/or tablet. For some students, this was not conducive to learning, and their regression began at the beginning of crisis schooling.

To help battle the regression that happens over Summer months, students with special needs can qualify for ESY but it is often challenging to get in to, especially if teachers do not provide data. 

With everything going on this year, ESY, may not have been on your radar- so you have limited time to plan, and your data might be in your classroom somewhere. That is why I created this ESY Data Planning sheet for you. 


Three things  You Need

Gathering data does not have to be hard or overwhelming. It might feel like that right now because we have been on the go since this school crisis began, but here are three things that will make the process easier. 

Curriculum-Based Assessments
I use a variety of assessments, but the one that I use readily for my intensive needs students is the GPS reports in Unique Learning System. CBA’s can be done 3-4 times a year. 

I normally give the assessment at the beginning of the year, before Winter break, and then if the student regresses I track the skill until they recoup it. At the end of the year, I do one more assessment, so I can check for regression at the beginning of the school year. 

You might not have the data readily available, that is why the ESY Planning Sheet is beneficial. 

Take Weekly Data
The focus of ESY is to work on maintaining skills and preventing regression. It is also used to maintain progress towards critical independent living skills. Some districts focus on specific goals, while others focus on the whole IEP. 

I will be focusing on the whole IEP, for the students, I will be supporting. So it will be utilizing a naturalistic datasheet, so I can see all the students’ goals on one sheet of paper since my e-learning sessions will be back to back. 

Transfer the Data
After I have collected the data for the 6-8 weeks, I will write a summarizing report and pass on the data to the next teacher, and upload into the district’s IEP system. 

By writing a summarizing report you will know what skills the student lost between the end of one school year to the next. Then the homeroom teacher can use the data to make a decision about the placement the next year.

Do you have questions about how to analyze data, during e-learning without becoming stressed then you need to contact me so we can set up a time to chat about your top 3 concerns? 

Do you want to wait for a free consult and just complete the datasheet by yourself? Message me on how you can obtain the ESY Data Sheet.

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