One of the best ways to help your students succeed is to help them set goals for themselves and keep track of their progress toward those goals.
I have used this progress monitoring form with great success. My students get a new form for each new skill. They keep the forms in a data folder (folder with prongs) which they use every day in class. This progress monitoring form has a place for:
recording pre-test score
recording formative assessments (checkpoints)
recording post-test score