Starting in kindergarten, screening all students for letter names and letter sounds can be done at the beginning of the year. If a student or a group of students are at risk, intervention can begin at this time rather than waiting until the first benchmark assessment. With this data from regular screenings, you can triage students for intervention planning sooner and more accurately: Which students need tier one intervention, which students need tier two intervention, and which students need tier three intervention?
Brief universal screening and universal progress monitoring can be done at the beginning of each subsequent year to ensure all students are developing within their intervention groups and making a smooth transition into each new grade.
But it is the end-of-year screening that sets a student up for success as he or she prepares for a new grade level.
End of Year Screening is Proactive
End-of-year screening allows a new school year to start with almost all student planning complete.
End-of-year screening data is commonly underused, relinquishing important time for intervention measures during the summer, and even the beginning of the school year. End-of-year benchmark data that is used proactively could help narrow or close a student’s learning gap.
If a student needs tier two or tier three intervention, end-of-year screening will communicate that to educators and provide time for them to adjust the intervention plan to meet individual learning needs before summer hits – not when a new school year starts and the student is farther behind.
You can get farther faster by implementing smarter screening practices. Be proactive in placing students into tiered interventions of suitable intensity at the end of the year.
View Dr. Mark Shinn’s in-depth webinar about the importance of end of year screening.