Behavior Screening with FAST™

By; Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Student success is the result of many factors, including positive home and school environments, effective instruction, and regular feedback on performance. For many years, schools have focused on supporting students’ academic success and recent efforts include focused attention on the nature of instruction as well as assessments of student performance.[…]

Setting Realistic but Ambitious Goals When Progress Monitoring

By: Seth Aldrich, Ph.D. There are several ways of setting goals for students when progress monitoring, one of the essential components in a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS). The ways in which goals are set should be aligned with the questions they address. For example, if our goal (question) is “Can we get the student[…]

Universal Screening Reminders for Winter Benchmarking

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP FastBridge Learning recommends that all students complete universal benchmark screening assessments one or more times per year. For elementary students we recommend screening 3 times per year in the fall, winter, and spring; some middle schools do this as well. Winter screening usually goes more smoothly than in the fall[…]

The Importance of Read Alouds

By: Alexis Kiburis, Psy.D., NCSP Reading aloud to children is one of the most fundamental activities that parents and teachers can do to promote foundational literacy skills. Read alouds can be a fun, engaging way to make text come alive for students; they also serve as a tool to model and promote a love for[…]

Considerations for Operating Data-Analysis Teams

Joseph F. Kovaleski, D.Ed., NCSP Indiana University of Pennsylvania   In the last 10 years, much has been written about using a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) to organize schools to promote academic proficiency, mental health, and appropriate behavior (e.g., Brown-Chidsey & Bickford, 2016; Burns & Gibbons, 2012). These systems were originally conceptualized as response[…]

Peer Tutoring as Part of an MTSS

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP One of the challenges to providing individualized instruction and feedback to all students is the reality that in every classroom there is usually only one teacher and many students. Although instructional practices such as rotating small groups among individual work stations, as well as carefully-planned large group activities, can support[…]