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Examining Group Data to Evaluate an MTSS

  • April 2, 2018

By:Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Recently Dr. Jose Castillo presented a webinar about the importance of reviewing school and district multi-tier system of supports (MTSS) practices using group data. Such data can provide indicators of whether student improvement goals have been…

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Planning for Spring Screening

  • March 22, 2018

By: Jessie Kember, Ph.D., NCSP Screening is the administration of a reading, math, or behavioral assessment for the purpose of identifying students who may benefit from additional instructional support or intervention. Screening information can also help educators determine appropriate resource allocation…

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What is Screening?

  • September 7, 2017

By: Jessie Kember, Ph.D. Screening involves the assessment of important student skills or abilities in reading, math, or behavior for the purpose of identifying those students who might benefit from additional instructional or behavioral support as well as predicting which…

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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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Universal Screening Reminders for Winter Benchmarking

  • January 5, 2017

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP FastBridge Learning recommends that all students complete universal benchmark screening assessments one or more times per year. For elementary students we recommend screening 3 times per year in the fall, winter, and spring; some middle…

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Your core isn't broken!

  • October 20, 2016

By: Sarah Brown, Ph.D. Have you ever had food poisoning? If you have, you can attest that it is an unpleasant experience, to say the least. On the other hand, more often than you have food poisoning, you likely have…

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FAST Feature Focus: FASTreading and FASTmath

  • October 10, 2016

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP FastBridge Learning offers assessments for reading, mathematics and behavior, including computer-adaptive and curriculum-based measures. Starting with the 2016-2017 school year, we have added two new assessment tools that are designed to help teachers select and…

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