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Problem Identification

  • January 18, 2018

By: Jessie Kember, Ph.D., NCSP Educators can use problem identification to seek solutions to resolve problems in the school environment that occur at the district, school, class, and individual level. Problem identification is part of the scientific method, as it…

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Beyond Winter Screening

  • January 4, 2018

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP As students and teachers return to school after the holiday break, there is an opportunity to review each student’s progress toward year-end learning goals and determine if adjustments are needed. As noted, in a prior…

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Releasing Students from Intervention

  • November 9, 2017

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP As the school year moves forward and we approach the middle of the academic year, there will be some students who have made enough progress from intervention that they are ready to be “released” and…

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Reorganizing Progress Monitoring Groups

  • November 6, 2017

By: Jessie Kember, Ph.D. Progress monitoring occurs after universal screening within a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) framework (Tiers 2 and 3). Progress monitoring involves the frequent assessment (i.e., weekly or bi-weekly) of those students identified through universal screening as…

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Changing Interventions

  • October 26, 2017

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP After interventions have been in place for a few weeks, it is important to review student progress and determine whether the intervention is working. A prior blog provided information about how to interpret progress data. This…

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Interpreting Progress Monitoring Data

  • October 19, 2017

By: Holly Windram, Ph.D.., NCSP Introduction At this point in the school year, interventions have been happening for about 4-6 weeks and progress monitoring data have been collected per the intervention plan or per IEP goals. School staff are ready…

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Tiers 2 and 3: What is the Difference?

  • November 3, 2016

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP As the use of a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) has become more widespread in schools, terms such as tiers, benchmarks, universal instruction, as well as strategic and intensive intervention have become familiar to many…

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Selecting Reading Interventions

  • October 31, 2016

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…

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