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Effective Reading Instruction

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP A recent radio news story on National Public Radio addressed the question “why aren’t kids being taught to read?” This story reviewed available research about effective reading instruction and then pointed out that such research…
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FastBridge® System Enhancements for the 2018-2019 School Year

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP and Mike Moffitt In July 2018 FastBridge Learning® will release updates to its online system. These updates will provide both enhancements for current tools and additional resources for users. The enhancements focus on making FAST™ assessments easier…

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School and District-Level Goal Setting

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Last week’s blog provided guidance about which FastBridge® reports teams can use to review student outcomes from the current school year and plan for next year. In addition, school and district-level teams can set specific student…

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Reviewing Annual School and District Data

By: Jessie Kember, Ph.D. End of the year school-wide data can provide educators with insights regarding trends, allowing for reflection while also informing future decisions that benefit the outcomes of all students. Within a problem-solving framework, the final step, plan…

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Planning for Professional Development

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP As the school year comes to a close, it is important to think about how to prepare for next year so that students will be able to access appropriate instruction as soon as the new…

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Comparing Screening and PM Data

By: Jessie Kember, Ph.D. Collecting screening data on three to four occasions throughout the school year, in addition to more frequent progress monitoring, allows educators to evaluate growth that those students involved in intervention have made throughout the school year…

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Reviewing Core Instruction for Behavior Skills

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Most teachers understand their role in teaching academic content as the central mission of their jobs. Traditionally, schools were expected to teach the three “Rs” of reading, (w)riting, and ‘rithmatic. In recent years, many schools have…

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What if a Student Does Not Respond to Intervention?

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Many, if not most, efforts to improve student learning outcomes will result in measurable improvements in student performance. Nonetheless, in some cases, a student will not make the growth desired or expected. When this happens, the…

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