Educators Help Create the Next Generation of Assessments
Real-world feedback and participation are key to ensure FAST™ assessments are effective and relevant. Educators can participate with the newest innovations from FastBridge Research Labs in two ways.
#1: Field Testing
Field testing is a limited-access program used during the first phase of testing to determine the quality and appropriateness of test items, scoring, and reporting.
Districts with applicable demographics and characteristics are invited to participate using a special FastBridge Research Labs online environment.
#2: Lab Status
After field testing is complete, assessments are then made available for trial use by any district using FAST as a Lab assessment.
Lab assessments are used to gather real-world feedback by districts using FAST before they are endorsed for use as a primary indicator for instructional decision making.
University Training Program: Putting Teachers Ahead of the Curve
We strongly believe in providing teachers with access to research-based information and tools to transform how they assess the learning needs of their students. This belief also extends to teachers at institutions of higher learning. That’s why we offer complimentary access to FAST for college and university faculty who teach academic and/or behavior assessment courses.
How the University Training Program works:
To help educate undergraduate and graduate students on using the FAST system, faculty members assign each student a “teacher” account with fabricated data for three students per grade level. Students use these accounts to gain practical knowledge of FAST that will help them apply a research-based approach to teaching.
For faculty and students enrolled in their courses, the University Training Program provides the following:
- Manager-level account for instructors
- Ability for instructors to add students as teachers or specialist users
- All assessment tools
- Training tools, including slides for each assessment type and sample course syllabi
- Access to 24/7, on-demand online training and certification units about each FAST assessment
- Ability for instructors to monitor students’ training and certification progress