Understanding Norms

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 pressure at medical appointments. Knowing one’s blood pressure numbers can be helpful, but only if[…]

Universal Screening and Progress Monitoring Using FastBridge Social, Emotional, Behavioral (SEB) Measures

By: Seth Aldrich, Ph.D. FastBridge Learning Affiliate Effective implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) includes universal screening and progress monitoring for academic and social, emotional and behavioral (SEB) difficulties. FastBridge Learning provides assessments and data management for both. This post will discuss some tips when conducting and interpreting data from the Social Academic and[…]

Universal Screening Reminders for Winter Benchmarking

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 schools do this as well. Winter screening usually goes more smoothly than in the fall[…]

Your core isn’t broken!

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 food that isn’t bad, it just doesn’t taste as delicious as you’d hope and expect.[…]

FAST Feature Focus: FASTreading and FASTmath

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 use the most appropriate assessments for their individual students. These new tools, FASTreading and FASTmath,[…]

Using FAST as Part of an MTSS

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Recent efforts to support all students have resulted in schools working to create systems that differentiate instruction in relation to each student’s unique need. These efforts have been referred to as Response to Intervention (RTI), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and a Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS). All of[…]

Understanding Your Screening Data

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 screening and progress monitoring. The purpose of this blog is to explain the scope and[…]