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Try Something New

  • July 27, 2017

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP As the new school year approaches, teachers are preparing to return to classrooms and students are enjoying the last days of summer. Each school year brings the opportunity to learn new things, for students and teachers…

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Key FastBridge Tools for School Leaders

  • June 20, 2017

By: Barbara Scierka, Ph.D., Math Service Coordinator and Wendy Stuttgen, Ed.S., Literacy Service Coordinator at St. Criox River Education District In this era of data-driven instruction, school leaders are called upon to integrate many types of information about student performance.…

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Sharing Student Data with Parents

  • May 30, 2017

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP As the school year winds down, teachers will be working on final “report cards” about their students’ progress. FastBridge Learning has two reports that can be helpful for teachers as they complete the final report…

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Understanding Student Growth Data

  • May 4, 2017

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…

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Benchmark Goals for Student Success

  • April 21, 2017

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…

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Avoiding Overtesting

  • March 23, 2017

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Testing is a fact of life in schools. Tests provide a way for teachers to know how students are doing and if the desired learning outcomes were met. For many years, the tests given in…

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The Importance of Growth Data

  • January 30, 2017

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…

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Is Catch-Up Growth Possible?

  • October 13, 2016

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Consider this scenario: Molly is a fourth grade student but reads at a first grade level. Her teacher knows that her reading skills are much weaker than her classmates because the school conducts tri-annual universal screenings…

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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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How to Measure Student Growth with Screening Data

  • May 12, 2016

By: Yvette Arañas Measuring student growth can help teachers find out whether students are learning or improving in a particular skill. There are a few questions we need to ask ourselves when we measure student growth. These are important questions…

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