Why we use the 6 Cycle Celeration Chart

Posted Monday April 21, 2014 by Ian Spence

This chart is difficult to read at first. We almost always see a gray fog come over peoples’ eyes when we first introduce it.  But it is the best way we know to show real changes in learning on the day they happen!  This is because the chart shows the changes in relation to days, and in what order they occur, over a long period of time.  These are some of the most important changes to capture in learning behaviors.


  • Both the correct score and the learning opportunities show even small changes because of the multiply-divide scale.
  • If there are several practice sessions in one day, every session is recorded, but only the scores for the most successful  session are shown on this chart.  To see scores for all of the sessions, select the Sessions Chart.
  • A whole school year of daily best scores can be seen on two continuous charts.
  • It is easy to see trends. They can be represented by straight lines through the hedgerows of dots or x’s.  We call these lines “celeration lines.”
  • Since the chart can show items per minute or items per day, we plot the number of times an exercise is completed daily on the bottom cycle of the chart (number in a waking day, which is about 1000 minutes, represented on the multiply-divide scale as .001 minutes.)

Most charts and graphs show scores on composite questions on tests that can only be administered a few times per year. The scores are measured in relation to the general population or some other composite.  The Celeration chart is showing scores on a segment of a skill, and you are only compared to yourself, in terms of speed and accuracy of your response.

You can project your future.  If it is taking you an average of 3 days to pass a skill or story, and there are 30 skills/stories to master in a grade, you can project how long it will take to perform at that grade level if you continue to pass each skill or story at the same speed.