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Understanding Your Screening Data

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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Using FAST In Special Education

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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Best Practices For Using Data In The Classroom

Best Practices for Using Data in the Classroom

  • March 31, 2016

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…

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Using Principles Of Formative Assessment Wisely

Using Principles of Formative Assessment Wisely

  • March 4, 2016

By: Paul Robb Everyone is talking about formative assessment these days, and for good reason. Research has clearly demonstrated powerful effects of integrating formative assessment practices into classroom instruction (Hattie, 2012). Teachers who use these principles know well that formative…

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Progress Monitoring Basics

Progress Monitoring Basics

  • December 16, 2015

By: Yvette Arañas As we mentioned in our recent blog post about benchmarking, all students in a school should be screened to identify struggling learners. Students in need of extra instructional support should be monitored regularly to see whether they are…

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What Is Benchmarking? And Why Should We Do It?

What is Benchmarking? And Why Should We Do It?

  • November 5, 2015

By: Yvette Aranas One important part of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support is benchmarking. This involves screening all students as early as possible to find unrecognized problems and identify students who are not meeting performance expectations. A common screening practice that…

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