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Why Fluency (Automaticity) Matters

  • December 8, 2017

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Customers sometime ask why so many FastBridge assessments are timed. The answer is that timing is necessary in order to document a student’s fluency with tasks. Fluency means being able to complete a task with the…

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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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Getting Started with FastBridge: Tips for New Users

  • August 4, 2017

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP This blog is designed for new FastBridge Learning customers who are wondering where to begin. FastBridge publishes a number of different assessments including those known as the Formative Assessment System for Teachers  (FAST™). The FAST™…

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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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Understanding Norms

  • May 1, 2017

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP For an assessment to be helpful, it needs a basis for comparison. This is true whether the assessment is school-based or related to other aspects of life. For example, health care providers routinely measure blood…

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Using a Problem-Solving Model

  • March 31, 2017

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.d., NCSP As the school year moves into its final months, this blog serves to remind us all about how a problem-solving approach is the best way to help students who are still struggling in school. FastBridge Learning…

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FAST™ and CCSS: Friends but not Relations

  • February 3, 2017

By: Ed O’Connor, Ph.D. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed by the National Governor’s Council and offered for possible adoption by U.S. to address the lack of consistency in what is taught across schools in different states. Since…

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Evaluating the Quality of Standardized Assessments

  • October 29, 2015

By Yvette Arañas Selecting the right assessment to use at the class-, school-, or district-wide level can be a daunting task. There are many assessments available on the market, but not all tests are equal in accurately measuring students’ skills.…

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