One simple solution.
Delivered in half the time, for half the cost.
The Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST™) is the only solution that combines Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) and Computer-Adaptive Testing (CAT) to transform the way teachers measure and monitor student progress in reading, math and social-emotional behavior — with faster, more effective results.
More effective teaching
With FASTTM, teachers spend up to 50% less time testing.
Faster assessments lead to faster interventions and a greater ability to help struggling students.
One simple solution
FASTTM is an industry first, combining CBM and CAT assessments in reading, math and behavior into one simplified, online system.
With costs up to 50% less, we bring formative assessment tools to school districts across the country, helping students everywhere achieve success.
For teachers, by teachers
FastBridge is the brainchild of leading educational researchers in the country, including those from the University of Minnesota — the birthplace of CBM and CAT methodologies. As part of our mission and values, we strive to transform the way teachers assess the learning needs of students with faster, proven results. Originally created as a cloud-based system to make it easier to collect and use data, FASTTM has now been adopted by schools in 35 states, with more than 14 million administrations. At FastBridge Learning, we believe teachers deserve the best tools to help students stay on track.
Teachers spend up to 50% less time testing than other systems. So you get more time for informed, targeted instruction.
Over 90% of elementary schools in Iowa use the FASTTM assessments for both universal screening and progress monitoring, allowing educators across Iowa to make data-based decisions focused on improving instructional practices to improved student outcomes.
An independent survey of teachers indicates that 86% of educators believe FastBridge “may” or “will definitely” support increased student achievement.
Easy to use
88% of teachers surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that the FASTTM assessments were easy to administer.
Check out our blog, which features informative articles written by our assessment and research experts.
By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Problem solving is a cornerstone of the FastBridge Learning® system and the FAST™ assessments. This model dates from work by Dr. Stan Deno of the University of Minnesota. Deno and colleagues pioneered efforts to develop methods of assessment and instruction that focus on improving students’…
By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP As students and teachers return to school after the holiday break, there is an opportunity to review each student’s progress toward year-end learning goals and determine if adjustments are needed. As noted, in a prior blog, FAST™ assessments are designed to be used as part…
By: Holly Windram, Ph.D. Introduction In the recent FastBridge Learning blog “Planning for Winter Screening,” the steps for seasonal benchmarking when using the FastBridge Learning application were reviewed and the first three steps - (a) selecting the assessments, (b) arranging a schedule, and (c) making the assessments available for local users…
By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Customers sometime ask why so many FastBridge assessments are timed. The answer is that timing is necessary in order to document a student’s fluency with tasks. Fluency means being able to complete a task with the right accuracy and timing. Fluency is important because when one…
By: Holly Windram, PhD As we approach the middle of the school year, tier 2 and tier 3 intervention delivery and progress monitoring are in place with at least 1-2 data review meetings having occurred. It’s not too soon to think about the plan for winter screening that typically occurs…
By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Special education is a unique and important feature of U.S. public education. Although some states implemented special education programs before 1975, it was the passage of PL 94-142, the Education of All Handicapped Children Act, that year that implemented a nationwide system of supports for…
By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP As the school year moves forward and we approach the middle of the academic year, there will be some students who have made enough progress from intervention that they are ready to be “released” and not participate in the provided supports any longer. When this…
By: Jessie Kember, Ph.D. Progress monitoring occurs after universal screening within a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) framework (Tiers 2 and 3). Progress monitoring involves the frequent assessment (i.e., weekly or bi-weekly) of those students identified through universal screening as needing additional instruction, intervention, and support. The purpose of progress…
By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP After interventions have been in place for a few weeks, it is important to review student progress and determine whether the intervention is working. A prior blog provided information about how to interpret progress data. This blog will explain factors to consider when a student needs…
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What educators are saying
We’ve worked with thousands of school leaders and teachers in over 35 states. Check out what some happy teachers are saying about us.
“We are loving FAST. My teachers speak very highly of it, and I think we are using data much more effectively… Exciting! Music to a principal’s ears.”
– Colleen Mahoney
Telluride Elementary School, CO
“Your help continues to move our school forward in using and interpreting the individual students’ results as well as allowing us to look at each class or our school as a whole. The FAST program will be an excellent tool each year to improve and/or maintain learning instruction that is working.”
– Lori Amy
Nerstrand School, MN
“At the risk of being effusive, I want to express my admiration with the psychometric quality of reading assessments and the FAST system specifically…simply put, they are so high-quality. I can trust the results and use them to make decisions without worrying.”
– Stephanie Snidarich
Educator and PhD Student, University of Minnesota
“As a former field-based school psychologist…I clearly see the value in and potential for positive impact of the FAST suite and type of ongoing student assessment and monitoring it enables. At the [Iowa] Department [of Education], we believe the statewide implementation will have a positive impact on school practices and, ultimately, student outcomes.”
– Greg Feldman, Ph.D.
Educational Program Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
“The [Iowa] Department [of Education] selected FAST because it has superior qualities and evidence….The CBMreading materials are among the most well-developed and best available. The integration of the computer-adaptive test for broad reading with CBM has the potential to provide new and unique insights to teachers. I do believe FAST is part of the next generation of assessments.”
– Michelle Hosp, Ph.D.
Former Director, Iowa Reading Research Center and author of ABCs of CBM
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