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Plan Development

  • February 12, 2018

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP This week’s blog focuses on the Plan Development step in the problem-solving model. This step is the third one in the problem-solving model: Problem identification Problem analysis Plan development Plan implementation Plan evaluation Plan development…

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Reviewing Problem Solving

  • January 12, 2018

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Problem solving is a cornerstone of the FastBridge Learning® system and the FAST™ assessments. This model dates from work by Dr. Stan Deno of the University of Minnesota. Deno and colleagues pioneered efforts to develop…

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FastBridge Tools and Special Education

  • November 20, 2017

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Special education is a unique and important feature of U.S. public education. Although some states implemented special education programs before 1975, it was the passage of PL 94-142, the Education of All Handicapped Children Act,…

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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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Conducting Progress Monitoring

  • October 13, 2017

By: Nicole M. McKevett, MA, NCSP Progress monitoring is defined as the frequent assessment of students who are participating in supplemental intervention. It can inform whether the addition of the intervention is helping the student to achieve the intervention goal.…

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Goal Setting

  • October 5, 2017

By: Jessie Kember, Ph.D. You have finally finished universal screening with all students. So… now what? What do you do with the scores? What next steps do you need to take? Goal setting is an important step within a multi-tiered…

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