Precision Teaching

Precision Teaching

Precision Teaching is a quantitative form of applied behavior analysis in education, a precise and systematic method of evaluating instructional tactics and curricula.  Precision Teaching was initially developed by Ogden R. Lindsley and Eric C. Haughton in the 1960s based largely on the work of  B. F. Skinner and Fred S. Keller.  

Selected Articles

Binder, C., & Watkins, C. L. (1990). Precision Teaching and Direct Instruction: Measurably superior instructional technology in schools. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 3, 74-96.  


Boyce, T. E. & Hineline, P. N. (2002). Interteaching: A strategy for enhancing the user-friendliness of behavioral arrangements in the college classroom.The Behavior Analyst, 25, 215 - 226.  


Calkin, A. B. (2005). Precision teaching: The Standard Celeration Charts.The Behavior Analyst Today, 6, 207 -235.   


Keller, F. S. (1968). “Good Bye, Teacher…” Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 1, 79–89   


Lattal, K. A. (2004). Steps and pips in the history of the cumulative recorder. Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 82, 329-355.


Lindsley, O. R. (1964). Direct measurement and prosthesis of retarded behavior. Journal of Education, 147, 62-81.  


Lindsley, O.R. (1971). From Skinner to Precision Teaching: The child knows best. In J. B. Jordan & L. S. Robbins (Eds.), Let’s try doing something else kind of thing (pp. 1- 11). Arlington, VA: Council for Exceptional Children.


Lindsley, O.R. (1991). From technical jargon to plain English for application.The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 24, 449-458.


Lindsley, Ogden R. (1991)."Precision Teaching's Unique Legacy from B. F. Skinner".Journal of Behavioral Education,  1, 253–266.  


Lindsley, O. R. (1992). Precision teaching: Discoveries and effects.Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 25, 51-57.   Potts, L.,


Eshleman, J. W.,  & Cooper, J. O. (1993). Ogden R. Lindsley and the historical development of precision teaching. The Behavior Analyst, 16, 177-189.

Journal of Precision Teaching & Celeration

The Journal of Precision Teaching & Celeration was a publication of the Standard Celeration Society. This non-refereed journal was a primary outlet for discoveries and practices being developed by chart users and precision teachers from 1980 to 2010. This archive contains a wealth of information, research, and insights directly from practitioners and scholars who used the standard celeration chart as their primary measurement and decision-making tool. 

Standard Celeration Society

The Standard Celeration Society is a membership organization committed to supporting and disseminating tools, methods, and strategies for measuring learning and performance. We have deep roots in behavior science and its application, with a history that traces back to the early days of the experimental analysis of behavior. At the same time, our members are pragmatists who use the standard graphic data display called the standard celeration chart (deceleration or acceleration) to monitor ongoing performance, and changes in performance (“learning” or celeration) so that we can better understand and make decisions that affect individuals, groups, whole organizations, and support research and development in many fields.

Our members include educators, students, psychologists, therapists of many kinds, social scientists, researchers, business people, managers, individual self-managers, policy makers, and more. We invite people to explore possible applications.