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Screening and progress monitoring are two types of assessment used as part of Response to Intervention.

Screening measures are assessments given to all students in a school three times a year: fall (September), winter (January) and spring (May). These assessments are given to every student so that teachers can quickly discover which students need extra help. There are many ways students can get “off-track” during a school year; screening three times a year ensures that no student’s needs are missed. Screening measures are sometimes known as “universal screenings” or “benchmark screenings.” Data from screenings are compared to other sources of information and used to identify which students need intervention.

Progress monitoring is another type of assessment used in RTI. Unlike screening measures that are used with all students, progress monitoring is used only with students who participate in tier 2 or tier 3 interventions. This should be no more than 20 percent of the students in a school, or about four to five students in each classroom. Students complete brief (one- to three-minute) monthly or weekly assessments of progress.  Students in tier 2 should complete progress measures at least once a month, and students in tier 3 should complete progress measures at least once a week. In order to interpret progress data, there must be at least three data points. For this reason, some schools monitor tier 2 students more often (twice a month or weekly) in order to review progress more quickly.

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