Universal Screening


Universal school-wide screening is the first level of data collected in the RTI process.  These screenings occur three times per year (fall, winter, and spring), and the data from these assessments help to guide instruction through the three tiers of the RTI process.


Purpose

Universal school-wide screening is the first level of data collected in the RTI process.  These screenings occur three times per year (fall, winter, and spring), and the data from these assessments help to guide instruction through the three tiers of the RTI process. They serve two main purposes:

  • To help evaluate the health of your core system of supports (Tier 1) for all students
  • To identify at-risk students who may need additional support

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Features of Universal Screening Tools

Screeners are:

  •  Brief and easy to administer
  • Given multiple times a year (3 times a year)
  • Available in multiple equivalent forms
  •  Sensitive to growth
  • Reliable and valid indicators of academic risk

 


Benefits of Universal Screeners

Screeners in the area of early reading often include measures of phonemic segmenting and blending, identifying letter sounds, blending short word and nonsense words, and oral reading fluency. These measure have strong technical adequacy, meaning that they are reliable and valid measures that do a good job of predicting which students are on-track to be readers, and which students are at-risk for reading difficulties.