Universal screening is the first step in identifying the students who are at risk for learning difficulties. It is the mechanism for targeting students who struggle to learn when provided a scientific, evidence-based general education (Jenkins, Hudson, & Johnson, 2007). Universal screening is typically conducted three times per school year, in the fall, winter, and spring. Universal screening measures consist of brief assessments focused on target skills (e.g., phonological awareness) that are highly predictive of future outcomes (Jenkins, 2003).
- Part of Response to Intervention (RTI)
- A multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. The RTI process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom.
- Reading and math balance diagnostic assessment
- Helps identify students for further assessments and identify specific services
- Screen three times/year based on a national norm at that time of year for that grade level
- Aligned to Common Core National Standards
- Identifies risk for reading difficulties, not dyslexia specifically
- Work through Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) tiers based on results
- The younger you can identify, the better
- Implementing district-wide grades 1 - 8