FAST™ Feature Focus: The Screening to Intervention (s2i) Report

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP During the 2016–17 school year, FastBridge Learning has updated a number of the reports available in FAST™. A new report, in Lab phase this year, is the Screening to Intervention (s2i) Report. This report is unique in that it provides teachers with detailed guidance about what interventions a student is[…]

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[…]

Selecting Reading Interventions

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP For schools that conduct universal benchmark screening, review of the screening data provides educators with information about which students need additional instruction (also called intervention). Importantly, screening data must always be compared with other sources of information about a student’s current skills as part of the process of identifying individual[…]

Understanding Your Screening Data

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 screening and progress monitoring. The purpose of this blog is to explain the scope and[…]

FAST Feature Focus: New Reports Released in Summer 2016

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Assessments have taken an increasingly prominent role in schools. The purpose of assessments is to generate data that teachers can use to improve outcomes for all students. In order for teachers to make effective use of assessment data, easy to read reports that summarize and explain the data are needed. As[…]

FAST™ Feature Focus: Interpreting Screening Reports for Reading

By: Yvette Arañas Now that you have collected benchmark screening data from your students, be sure to take the time to examine and interpret the data. Unfortunately, many assessments require someone to graph and interpret the data or provide reports that are hard for teachers to understand; but not all schools have someone (e.g., a[…]

Best Practices for Using Data in the Classroom

By: Yvette Arañas With so many state assessments, screening, progress monitoring, and classroom exams in place, there is no doubt that students go through a lot of testing. One question that we need to ask ourselves is, are we just testing for the sake of testing? Are we using the data from our assessments appropriately? It[…]