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Universal Screening with Istation

by Cecilia Chard on August 13, 2014

NCRTI rates ISIP™ highly as a universal screener

As a universal screener, Istation’s Indicators of Progress (ISIP™) is rated highly by the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI).

Istation supports response to intervention and helps schools identify and monitor at-risk students through automatically administered monthly computer-adaptive assessments that take less than 30 minutes to complete.

NCRTI’s essential components of RTI include a multilevel prevention system, universal screening, progress monitoring and data-based decision making. Altogether, Istation’s assessments, instruction, reports, and teacher tools provide proven pathways that support response-to-intervention strategies. With Istation’s all-in-one educational technology, educators have 24/7 online access to real-time data that identifies struggling students, drives instruction, and tracks progress — everything schools need for effective response to intervention.

In regards to universal screening, NCRTI states:

“Screening is conducted to identify or predict students who may be at risk for poor learning outcomes. 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.

“In screening, attention should focus on fidelity of implementation and selection of evidence-based tools, with consideration for cultural and linguistic responsiveness and recognition of student strengths.”

ISIP is also rated highly by the National Center on Intensive Intervention  (NCII) as a progress-monitoring tool for both early and advanced reading.

NCII explains that progress monitoring . . .

“. . . is used to assess a student’s performance to quality his or her rate of improvement or responsiveness to intervention, to adjust the student’s instructional program to make it more effective and suited to the student’s needs, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention.”

Be sure to check out NCRTI’s resources and more at www.rti4success.org and NCII’s support at www.intensiveintervention.org.

Want to learn more about the benefits and challenges of universal screening?

Researchers Joseph R. Jenkins, PhD, from the University of Washington, Seattle, and Evelyn Johnson, Ed.D, from Boise State University illustrate the universal screening process as it relates to response to intervention. Their article, “Universal Screening for Reading Problems: Why and How Should We Do This?” is available on the RTI Action Network’s Web site.

Topics: Adaptive Curriculum

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