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Student Assessments

Use data to determine which students need additional supports and when school-wide supports need to be adjusted.

Overview

For districts and schools that are implementing MTSS, student assessments may be the linchpin of the entire system. Every team that is constructed and every plan that is developed is all for the purpose of producing positive student outcomes. The data from student assessments is the proof of the MTSS successes and gaps.

Looking at school-wide data from student assessments helps with program evaluation. Schools can see the overall impact of supports. The data can show what areas need to be addressed at the district, school, and classroom levels.

At an individual level, student assessments show the skills and needs of each student. This information is used to help match the right supports with the student.

Four Purposes of Student Assessments

Universal Screening

Learn more about universal screening

Universal screening is the systematic assessment of all students. Universal screening identifies the students who are at-risk and require additional support.

Progress Monitoring

After students are identified and matched with additional supports. The subsequent assessments for the student are used for progress monitoring. The data from progress monitoring helps determine if the student still needs supports or needs different supports.

Diagnostic

Diagnostic assessments provide more in-depth information of an individual student’s specific skills, for the purpose of guiding future instructional supports.

Summative

Summative assessments gather information about student performance compared to grade level standards. Such assessments are typically required by the state and local districts.

Explore Further

Universal Screening


Read More About Universal Screening

View ten frequently asked questions about the practice of universal screening and the critical features of a screening tool.

DIBELS Next


Read More About DIBELS Next

DIBELS Next reading assessments help evaluate the reading skills of students in grades K-6.

Early Warning Indicators


Read More About Early Warning Indicators

The early warning indicators (EWIs) help identify students in grades 5-12 who are at risk for dropping out.

School-wide Information System (SWIS) Suite


Read More About The SWIS Suite

The SWIS Suite is a web-based data entry and decision-making tool for school climate and behavior supports.

Student Risk Screening Scale


Read More About The Student Risk Screening Scale

The Student Risk Screening Scale (SRSS) helps identify students who are at risk for externalizing and internalizing problem behaviors.

School Climate Survey


Read More About The School Climate Survey

School Climate Surveys are a set of multidimensional measures of student perceptions of school climate for students in grades 3-12.

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