When you record data as a paraprofessional, you are recording it so you can share it with your supervising teacher or the whole instructional team. It is critical to record the data in a clear, understandable, and useful way. Understanding what the data represent—what they’re looking at—can help you record them in clear, understandable, and useful ways. Increasing (or decreasing) particular behaviors relies on repeated measurements of how often the behaviors occur, how long they last, or how strong they are.
Different types of data are collected in different ways. For your future reference, here is a list of common ways for collecting and reporting data.