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Using FAST as Part of an MTSS

  • September 22, 2016

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Recent efforts to support all students have resulted in schools working to create systems that differentiate instruction in relation to each student’s unique need. These efforts have been referred to as Response to Intervention (RTI),…

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Understanding Your Screening Data

  • September 8, 2016

By: Jessie Kember As mentioned in a previous post (Assessment Literacy: Understanding Student Data), assessment serves as a core foundational component of decision-making within a Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) framework. Two broad categories of assessment within an MTSS framework are…

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Benchmarks, Norms, and Expected Student Growth

  • September 1, 2016

By: Kirsten W. Newell, PsyS, NCSP Many teachers are in the process of conducting fall universal screening with all students in their class. Universal screening involves having all of the students in each grade complete assessments showing their current proficiency…

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What is Evidence-Based Instruction?

  • August 22, 2016

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP The term “evidence-based” has become very popular in schools and other professional service settings. For example, physicians and dentists now often refer to the importance of evidence-based practices. Since the passage of the 2001 revision…

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Assessment Literacy: Understanding Student Data

  • August 1, 2016

By: Jessie Kember Assessment is the process of collecting data and information about specific knowledge and/or skills. In schools, an assessment can serve many purposes, including identifying students who might need intervention, improving instruction, or monitoring a student’s progress. Most…

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Communicating with Parents about Student Data

  • July 26, 2016

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP With the recent increase in assessments used in schools, parents often have questions about how their children are doing.  Often, the test reports created for teachers and administrators are not appropriate for parents. Still, schools need…

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Using FAST in Special Education

  • June 23, 2016

By: Yvette Arañas In previous posts, I have indicated the importance of making educational decisions for all students from assessment data. This idea is especially important in special education, as it is meant to help students with special needs improve…

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