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Practical Steps You Can Take this Fall to Prevent Further Slide

While there are many unknowns for next school year, one thing is certain: there’s great importance in screening all of your students this upcoming fall regardless of where and how instruction is provided.

Universal screening in schools is similar to taking your child to the doctor for regular well-child visits. Physicians know the typical growth that infants and children should be making as they grow, and well-child visits give parents and their care providers an opportunity to address any differences observed between a child’s actual and expected height, weight, and other health variables.

In the same way, teachers can use school-based screening data to compare a child’s academic and behavior data with school-based expectations for learning. Such screening is even more important now because learning has been disrupted for most students. In addition, the combination of flat growth or decline from spring 2020 disruption along with the typical summer loss means that the best starting place for fall instruction might not be where you had started instruction in the past.

Universal screening data will help teachers know what instruction students need as the school year begins.

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Best Practices for Sharing Benchmark Screening Results with Families

One topic that often comes up at this time of year relates to universal screening, sometimes called benchmark, screening results. Some of the most common questions revolve around how they compare to other kinds of assessments, and how to share the information with families at conferences.

Beyond talking about a student’s individual score, teachers want to provide a meaningful context for screening data. Many of the parents and guardians who attend conferences never encountered screening assessments when they were in school. Indeed, prior to the last decade, the only assessments in schools were chapter tests and end-of-year exams.

Today’s teachers often find themselves needing to explain not only a student’s screening scores, but also why there are many different types of assessments now used in schools. That’s where a broad understanding of types and functions of assessment comes in handy.

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What is Behavior Screening and Why Should I Do It?

As a new school year gets under way, many educators are wondering how to identify and support students’ behaviors and social skills. The starting point for efforts to improve student behavior is universal screening. Such screening provides educators with data…

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7 Ways to Ensure Reliable Universal Screening Data

Schools across the country are already starting to open their doors. Not long after the first bell rings, testing begins. There is much debate surrounding the quantity and administration of testing in public schools, particularly when it comes to state-mandated testing. Though these tests are not always well-received, test scores can affect the reputation of a school, its administration, and its teachers. As a result, much attention is given to these tests before, during, and after test administration.

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Considerations for Using Spring Screening Data to Plan Fall Instruction

Universal screening has become a common practice in many schools. This screening involves having all of the students in each grade complete the same assessment. Traditional approaches to universal screening have typically included conducting the assessments three times a year, in the fall, winter and spring. However, research about screening indicates that perhaps it is not necessary to screen all students three times a year, and less frequent screenings can provide enough data about student performance to guide instruction.

This blog will review the purposes of universal screening, explore recent research findings and provide suggestions for alternative screening schedules. A primary focus will be on how to use spring screening data to group students for fall instruction so that those students needing interventions can access them at the very beginning of the new school year.

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Examining Group Data to Evaluate an MTSS

By:Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP Recently Dr. Jose Castillo presented a webinar about the importance of reviewing school and district multi-tier system of supports (MTSS) practices using group data. Such data can provide indicators of whether student improvement goals have been…

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Planning for Spring Screening

By: Jessie Kember, Ph.D., NCSP Screening is the administration of a reading, math, or behavioral assessment for the purpose of identifying students who may benefit from additional instructional support or intervention. Screening information can also help educators determine appropriate resource allocation…

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