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Answering Common Questions About Norms & Benchmarks

October 16, 2019
Earlier today, I was driving 60 miles an hour. Was that too fast? Too slow? That depends on the speed limit, but without having something to compare my speed to, it’s impossible...
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Best Practices for Identifying the Needs of English Learners 2019

October 11, 2019
As we begin another school year, it is important to consider how to best use FAST data to support our English Learners (ELs). The number of ELs continues to grow, with groups...
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Expert Tips for Creating a Schoolwide Reading Improvement Model

October 03, 2019
Since earning her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst in 2002, Judy Loughlin has made a career as a consultant to districts and schools seeking to improve...
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On-Demand Webinar: Progress Monitoring — Our Educational GPS

September 30, 2019
Timely, accurate data to guide decisions about instruction, interventions and support is one of the most important elements of a successful Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)....
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Norms: What Are They and Why do They Matter?

September 17, 2019
By: John Bielinski, Ph.D. The central purpose of a score on any classroom assessment is to convey information about the performance of the student. Parents, educators and students...
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What is Behavior Screening and Why Should I Do It?

September 10, 2019
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...
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Create an Elevator Pitch for Progress Monitoring

September 05, 2019
By: Dawn Miller, Ph.D. In the early ’90s I entered into the world we now know as Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). We didn’t have the full vision and all the structures...
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Ensure Every Student Makes Sufficient Growth This School Year

August 28, 2019
By: Sarah Brown, Ph.D. Educators know that all students can learn. Yet, even seasoned educators can be surprised by just how different students’ needs can be in order to grow. In...
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7 Ways to Ensure Reliable Universal Screening Data

August 20, 2019
By: Dr. Scott P. Ardoin, University of Georgia Schools across the country are already starting to open their doors. Not long after the first bell rings, testing begins. There is...
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Progress Monitoring: Setting Realistic and Ambitious Goals

August 13, 2019
Setting student-specific progress monitoring goals is an essential component of a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). But just as essential as goal setting is setting goals...
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