Dear District #7 K-8 Families,
During the 2020-2021 school year, District #7 began using new universal screening assessments, the FastBridge Assessment System. FastBridge provides for the efficient administration of various types of assessments used to screen, monitor and inform instruction/intervention. Teachers and psychologists have been working diligently to screen students in kindergarten through 8th grade in the areas of reading and math.
On Monday, October 25, 2021, you will receive the FAST Family Report for your child. This report allows you to quickly see how your student is performing relative to their grade level. FastBridge assigns student scores into three categories:
- On Track: A student listed as On Track has skills that meet or exceed the grade level expectation.
- Some Risk: A student listed as Some Risk may need additional support to improve the listed skills and is at some risk of falling behind their peers.
- High Risk: A student listed as High Risk will need additional support to improve the listed skills and are at high risk of falling behind their peers.
Please keep in mind that the screening process allows for brief assessments intended to provide a quick overview of a student’s development in the targeted areas, similar to a pediatrician’s “well check”. While this is important information to help us monitor student growth after returning to instruction following 15 months of interruptions to the educational setting, we must also remain cognizant of the fact that there is likely a higher prevalence of at risk students in nearly all schools across the nation.
The information in this report may be used as a starting point for conversations about learning needs, but should be considered with all other sources of information, including classroom performance, to gain an overall picture of your child as a learner. Additional screening windows in the winter and spring will allow educators and parents to track how each child’s scores have changed over time, which will provide a more comprehensive picture of student successes and needs.
If you have questions regarding your child’s report, please contact their building principal.
Patrick Shelton, Ed.D.