What is standards-based assessment?

Standards-Based Education Requires Standards-Based Assessments In the United States, a standards-based assessment is a test that evaluates a student's mastery of standards for specific knowledge or skills. Standards-based assessments are the natural result of standards-based education, or outcome-based education, used in most state education departments. The components of standards-based education are standards-based assessment, standards-based instruction,

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Why Use a Universal Diagnostic instead of a Universal Screener

K-12 schools use universal screeners in RTI programs. As part of the RTI process, all students take a universal screening assessment to determine who is struggling and what type of support they need to progress toward grade-level goals. Universal screeners are typically short, easy to administer and test only high-level critical skills and concepts. Once

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What is a universal screener as opposed to a universal diagnostic?

In education, a universal screener is an assessment that is short, easy to administer, and only tests high-level critical skills and concepts. Typically, K-12 schools use universal screeners in Response to Instruction (RTI ) programs. As part of an RTI process, all students take a universal screening assessment to determine who is struggling and what

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What is an FBA?

A functional behavioral assessment (or FBA) is a process that identifies a specific or target behavior that interferes with a student's education. The assessment attempts to designate the particular behavior, identify the factors that support the behavior, and determine the purpose of the behavior. The basic idea is that a student’s behavior serves a purpose. Whether they

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What is a BIP?

A Behavior Intervention Plan (or BIP) is a written plan that teaches and rewards good behavior. It can be a single page or many pages. The purpose is to prevent or stop misbehavior, not simply punish the child. A Behavior Intervention Plan can also be used as a “proactive action plan to address behavior(s) that

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Why is the Endrew F. (2017) Supreme Court case so important?

In 2017, a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, sought to bring clarity to the IEP process by answering the following question: What is the level of educational benefit school districts must confer on children with disabilities to provide them with a FAPE guaranteed by the IDEA?  In a

What is the difference between a 504 plan and an IEP?

A 504 plan is a blueprint for how schools will support a student with a disability and remove barriers to learning. The goal is to provide the student equal access at school.  In contrast, IEP stands for Individual Education Program and centers around academic achievement and determining whether a student qualifies for special education services.

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