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Why Fluency (Automaticity) Matters

  • December 8, 2017

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Customers sometime ask why so many FastBridge assessments are timed. The answer is that timing is necessary in order to document a student’s fluency with tasks. Fluency means being able to complete a task with the…

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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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Summer Resources for Student Learning

  • June 2, 2017

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Although not all parents (and students) will want information about summer learning resources, some will. It is typical for students in elementary grades to lose some of the skills they developed in the prior school year…

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The Importance of Read Alouds

  • December 21, 2016

By: Alexis Kiburis, Psy.D., NCSP Reading aloud to children is one of the most fundamental activities that parents and teachers can do to promote foundational literacy skills. Read alouds can be a fun, engaging way to make text come alive…

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Selecting Reading Interventions

  • October 31, 2016

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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Anticipating and Counteracting the Summer Slide

  • August 12, 2016

By: Jessie Kember Summer slide, or the summer achievement gap, is the loss of learning over the summer break while students are out of school. For example, students who do not read over the summer months can lose the skills…

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Sight Words in Early Reading Instruction

  • May 26, 2016

By: Dr. Paul Robb The sight word assessments included in FastBridge Learning’s earlyReading measures are based on the most frequently used English words. The fact that these assessments are strong indicators of early reading success suggests an important role for…

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