The Importance of Growth Data

The Importance of Growth Data

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP In order for teachers to know how their students are doing, they must be able to review student performance data over time. Although there are many types of assessments used in schools, certain ones are better for evaluating student learning growth. In particular, universal screening scores and progress monitoring data[…]

Behavior Screening with FAST™

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

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

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[…]