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Assessment: Universal Screening. Cadre 7 Initial Training September 29, 2011. Universal Screening. Screening systems in place? How can you go more in depth? Are you ready to develop more breadth? What decisions do you need to make as a district about Universal Screening?

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Assessment universal screening

Assessment: Universal Screening

Cadre 7 Initial Training

September 29, 2011


Universal screening
Universal Screening

  • Screening systems in place?

    • How can you go more in depth?

    • Are you ready to develop more breadth?

    • What decisions do you need to make as a district about Universal Screening?

    • Do staff trust and use the data?


Universal Screening

The Bang for the Buck


Why give universal screeners
Why give Universal Screeners?

  • To determine the health of the core

    • Make instructional changes to improve

      core instruction

  • To identify students who need additional instructional support

  • Are staff using the screening data for BOTH these reasons?


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Universal Screening

  • Who: ALL students

    • Do all staff believe that it should be for ALL?

  • When: 3 times a year

    • Fall Winter Spring


What makes a universal screener good
What makes a universal screener “good”?

  • Robust indicator of academic health

  • Brief and easy to administer

  • Can be administered frequently

  • Must have multiple, equivalent forms

    • (If the metric isn’t the same, the data are meaningless)

  • Must be sensitive to growth

A universal screener should over-identify students who might need something more!


What skills make better screeners
What skills make better screeners?

Basic Skills

Comprehensive Skills

Not finite

Vocabulary

Comprehension

  • Finite

    • Phonemic awareness

    • Decoding/phonics

    • Fluency


Oral reading fluency
Oral Reading Fluency

  • ORF is not designed to provide an exhaustive assessment.

  • You can be fluent enough, unless you want to be an auctioneer!

  • Strong link to comprehension

  • Accuracy matters!


What are screeners
What are screeners?

Screeners

Not Screeners

DRA2

QRI-IV

Running Records

OAKS

Quick Phonics assessment

Fountas and Pinnell

Report cards

Core curriculum weekly tests

  • DIBELS

  • DIBELS Next

  • AIMSweb

    • Reading CBM

    • Maze

    • Math Computation

    • Math Concepts & Applications

    • Math Tests of Early Numeracy

  • Writing (Total Words Written)

  • Writing (Correct Word Sequences)

  • easyCBM


Purpose of assessments
Purpose of Assessments

Universal Screeners

DRA, QRI, Running Records

An in-depth tool

To determine basic & specific reading skill needs

A quick & efficient tool

  • to determine the effectiveness of core instruction

  • to determine BASIC information to determine which students need more instructional supports

What assessments are given to all students in your district and why?

Do the assessments provide similar information?


Assessments in ttsd
Assessments in TTSD

Universal Screeners

Additional assessments

Elementary

Treasures Placement Test

OAKS

Secondary

OAKS

  • Elementary

  • Reading

    • DIBELS Next

  • Math

    • AIMSweb

      • Missing Number (K-1)

      • Calculations (2-5)

        Middle School

  • Reading

    • AIMSweb (Maze)


Have staff bought into the screener concept
Have staff bought into the screener concept?

  • Barriers

    • “it’s not all about fluency”

    • “it’s not a valid assessment”

    • “it’s all about the numbers”

    • “it will be used to evaluate my instruction”

    • “what about comprehension?”


Reflection
Reflection

Does the district have an agreed upon purpose for the universal screener and additional assessments?

Are the purposes of each assessment given to ALL students clear to staff?

How do staff use the assessments?


To determine the health of the core
To determine the health of the core

Are staff using the data?

  • School-wide (100%) grade level meetings

    • Fall, winter, spring (following screening)

    • Critical to have general education teachers as active members of this process.

      Outcome: general education teachers know what to teach and how to teach during the core program to improve students’ achievement


Big idea
Big Idea

  • Do not just use screening data to place students into interventions

    • Otherwise you will always be feeding the herd individually


To identify students who need additional instructional support
To identify students who need additional instructional support

  • Are staff using the data?

    • To place students into appropriate interventions

    • How are these decisions made?

      • Are they unbiased?


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Big Idea support

  • Trust the data!

    • Otherwise you will not be feeding the “right” cows


Make or improve your universal screening plan
Make or Improve Your Universal Screening Plan support

  • How:

    • Who will conduct Universal Screening?

    • Who will train the screeners?

    • Who will prepare materials?

    • Who will organize materials at the school?

    • Where will the data go?

    • Who will organize the data and present it to teaching teams?

    • How will fidelity of administration be checked?


Universal Screening support

The Bang for the Buck


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