Universal Screening is the mechanism by which all students are screened in order to provide early intervention. This type of screening is characterized by quick, low-cost, repeatable testing of age-appropriate, critical skills or behaviors (Mellard and Johnson, 2008). As a district, we would use existing academic assessments to determine students who may be in need of intervention and acceleration. A decision to provide intervention should be based on multiple sources of information, including teacher input. Once potential students are identified, additional assessments may be needed to narrow down the area of concern. We will need to agree on or develop a universal screener for social, emotional and behavioral concerns.
Educators will look at screening outcomes and other sources of data to make sure that results are not biased to over-identify students in any racial subgroup, by gender or socioeconomic status. Teachers will be able to use the data to reflect on core instruction and provide additional opportunities to learn critical skills within the classroom if a majority of students are not grasping key concepts.
Last Modified on November 10, 2016