FastBridge General Information
The District MTSS Team members, which comprise approximately 20% of certified staff in USD 232, were charged with the task of refining instructional capacity for reading, math, and behavior. It is vital to make instructional decisions based on facts, which include data and evidence-based results.
In recent years, the school district utilized Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) to assess student achievement in math and reading. However, the MAP system does not included behavior assessment, or progress monitoring to identify each student's need for extension or reteach opportunity. Additionally, MAP was only taken by students in grades 3-10.
With unanimous approval from the USD 232 Board of Education, the district selected FastBridge Learning to replace MAP, starting in the winter window of the 2018-2019 school year. FastBridge has multiple benefits over MAP, such as:
- universal screeners given to students, three times each year
- progress monitoring to more frequently assess student skills
- predictive assessments for state assessment achievement
- adaptive, computer-based measures
- behavior assessments with numeric value and ranges
- reports for staff and parents
- less time spent on formalized testing
Staff will receive extensive professional development and training during the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year, including test administration, accurate interpretation and dissagregation of data, and use of results to inform instructional-decisions regarding student learning.
Parent education of the new assessment system will take place over the course of first semester, in a variety of ways. Information will be shared from the district and individual schools. We look forward to sharing this information with families so they are able to appreciate the holistic consideration given to each student, as we partner to support both academic and social-emotional student growth.
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