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Universal Screenings in January
What is a universal screening?
A universal screening is a test, conducted three times a year, to identify or predict students who may need more support to meet grade level learning goals. Universal screenings are also used to predict how well a learner is likely to perform on the GA Milestones. Universal screening assessments are typically brief, conducted with all students at a grade level, and followed by additional testing or short-term progress monitoring to corroborate students' risk status.
What tests are given during the screening?
On Wednesday, January 17, students will take the aReading screening in language arts class. aReading is a simple and efficient procedure for assessing K-12 students' broad reading abilities. aReading is a computer-adaptive test and students respond to 30 questions on each testing occasion.
The assessment includes items from all five areas of reading identified in the National Reading Panel Report (2000).
These areas are:
- phonological and phonemic awareness
On Friday, January 26, students will take the aMath screening in math class. aMath is a simple and efficient procedure for assessing K-8 students' broad math abilities. aMath is a computer-adaptive test and students respond to 30 questions on each testing occasion.
There are six areas assessed:
- numbers and operations
- counting and cardinality
- operations and algebraic thinking
- number and operations in base ten
- measurement and data
How will the results from the universal screening be used?
The results are used to determine which students need more support. Teachers analyze data to determine which concepts students need to learn. In some cases, students might be moved to Tier 2 on the Pyramid of Interventions.
How can I help my child be prepared for the universal screening?
Your child will need his/her earbuds on the day of the tests. Encourage your son/daughter to do his/her best on the screenings. While the screenings are not a test grade, the results from the screenings provide the teachers with excellent data that is used to make instructional decisions.
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