FastBridge Report Updates

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP In May 2017 FastBridge released enhancements to the Group Screening Report and the Group Growth Report. These changes are designed to make the reports easier for users to understand. The enhancements included improved color coding, infographics, and attention to what types of questions specific reports are designed to answer. Color[…]

Understanding Student Growth Data

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Recently, FastBridge Learning updated the Group Growth Report to include more information about how much growth students have made during a school year. This topic is often important as the school year winds down in May or June and school leaders review data and set goals for the following year.[…]

Understanding Norms

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP For an assessment to be helpful, it needs a basis for comparison. This is true whether the assessment is school-based or related to other aspects of life. For example, health care providers routinely measure blood pressure at medical appointments. Knowing one’s blood pressure numbers can be helpful, but only if[…]

Benchmark Goals for Student Success

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP In order to know if a student is making progress toward specific learning goals, comparison with some type of standard or benchmark of success is needed. The term benchmark is widely used in education to indicate grade-level learning goals for all students. These benchmarks are scores on certain assessments that[…]

Universal Screening and Progress Monitoring Using FastBridge Social, Emotional, Behavioral (SEB) Measures

By: Seth Aldrich, Ph.D. FastBridge Learning Affiliate Effective implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) includes universal screening and progress monitoring for academic and social, emotional and behavioral (SEB) difficulties. FastBridge Learning provides assessments and data management for both. This post will discuss some tips when conducting and interpreting data from the Social Academic and[…]

Selecting Math Progress Measures

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP The FastBridge Learning system has many math assessments that teachers can use to monitor student progress. In order for such monitoring to be effective the progress measure must match the skill that the student is learning in the selected intervention. FastBridge math progress measures include tools that evaluate students’ mastery of[…]