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Allocating Time for Instruction

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Most teachers will agree that the most valuable resource in schools is time for instruction. As public schools have evolved from one-room schoolhouses to large districts with thousands of children, the tasks expected of teachers each…

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How to Set-Up and Adjust Progress Monitoring Goals in FAST

By: Theodore J. Christ, Ph.D., and Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Progress monitoring (PM) is an important part of a multi-tier system of student support (MTSS).  Together with universal benchmark screening, progress data provide information about how well instruction is meeting…

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FAST Feature Focus: Expanded Math Tools

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP In fall 2016, FastBridge Learning released additional math assessment tools in FAST™. The new and revised measures include: CBMmath: Concepts and Applications (new) CBMmath: Process (revised scoring) These additional math tools were created in response to user…

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Tiers 2 and 3: What is the Difference?

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP As the use of a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) has become more widespread in schools, terms such as tiers, benchmarks, universal instruction, as well as strategic and intensive intervention have become familiar to many…

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Selecting Reading Interventions

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP For schools that conduct universal benchmark screening, review of the screening data provides educators with information about which students need additional instruction (also called intervention). Importantly, screening data must always be compared with other sources…

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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…

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Problem Identification

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…

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Helping Students Develop a Growth Mindset

By: Allyson J. Kiss Have you ever faced a difficult challenge in your life? Whether it be a deadline at work, interviewing for a job, or planning for the first school conferences of the year, it is not uncommon to…

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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),…

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FAST Feature Focus: Assessments for Vocabulary and Comprehension

FastBridge Learning has added two new computer-based reading assessment tools in FAST™: AUTOreading and COMPefficiency. These new measures complement existing reading assessments and offer additional ways to measure reading subskills. Both assessments are currently in "Lab" phase, meaning that they've been…

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