Data Tool Selection Guidance

 

 

 

 


Prekindergarten

image of list of approved prekindergarten assessment instruments, a link to the full document is just below the image

Commissioner's List of Approved Instruments (accessible version)

 


Kindergarten

Important Update Regarding TX-KEA and mCLASS Texas!

The authorization period for TXKEA and mCLASS Texas as free, Commissioner-selected literacy screening tools for kindergarten was extended to July 2023. This means that districts and open enrollment charters can use either of these tools to conduct the required beginning-of-year literacy screening for the 2020-2021, 2021-2022, and 2022-2023 school years.

 

TX-KEA and mCLASS Texas Literacy Tool Comparison

 
Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment Logo
mCLASS Texas logo
Informational Webinars

Learn more about TX-KEA:

Recording available now: Coming to CLI Engage for 2020: Progress Monitoring and Screening Tools for K to 2nd Grade

Questions about TX-KEA after watching the recording?

Contact us at: texaskea@uth.tmc.edu

Webinar Information and Registration

 

Student Progress Monitoring

Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA) offers comprehensive kindergarten entry screening, progress monitoring, and observation tools hosted on CLI Engage platform:

  • Language
  • Literacy
  • STEM
  • Social Emotional
  • Executive Function
  • Academic Motor Skills Learn more by viewing our recent webinar!
Learn more by viewing our recent webinar, and register for our TX-KEA Overview webinar on July 21.

mCLASS provides efficient one-minute DIBELS 8th Edition® and IDEL (Spanish) measures, with additional measures that fulfill TEA’s Language and Literacy requirements.

mCLASS covers:

  • Letter Naming Fluency / Fluidez en Nombrar
  • Phoneme Segmentation Fluency / Fluidez en la Segmentación de Fonemas
  • Nonsense Word Fluency / Fluidez en las Palabras sin Sentido
  • Word Reading Fluency (Real words, read out of context)
  • Vocabulary (English and Spanish)
  • Spelling (English and Spanish)Listening Comprehension (English and Spanish)

Measures are designed to:

  • Provide a consistent skills progression coverage for Grades K-6
  • Show apples-to-apples comparisons and growth across grades
  • Surface diagnostic data for all students - whether at-risk or at/above benchmark
Educator Training

Data Driven Instruction: TX-KEA Screener and Administration Best Practices (July 27)

 

CLI Engage onboarding:

CLI Engage Online Learning & Professional DevelopmentTX-KEA online training courses, featuring self-instructional training and facilitation guides:

  • TX-KEA Introduction
  • TX-KEA Administration Guidelines
  • TX-KEA Reporting Features
  • TX-KEA Overview for Administrators 

Administration and instructional support webinars:

Visit our website to view our training calendar and previously recorded sessions. If you can’t join the webinars live, register so you’ll receive an automatic email with a link to the recording after its conclusion. Additional training to support instruction on CLI Engage •

  • More than 70 CPE hours of core content training for classroom staff
  • Ongoing implementation webinars and research-based outreach for Teachers and Principals

mCLASS Texas Edition Professional Development:

Data Driven Instruction: mCLASS Texas Screener and Administration Best Practices (August 5)

Please contact your district for access to the mCLASS Texas Edition Modules

mCLASS Texas online training course (Modules available July 27, 2020)

  • Mapping measures to basic early literacy skills
  • Administering and scoring measures
  • Data Interpretation and Reporting Features
  • Navigation of skills focused lessons to support individual and group instruction

 

Data driven instructional Planning Webinar Series: (Dates to be announced)

  • Analyzing current student level data to inform instructional
  • Identifying instructional trends and next steps
  • Best practices for forming and adjusting small group instruction

 

mCLASS Texas Edition includes an expansive suite of on-demand resources to teachers and leaders, such as videos and online tutorials. Sample topics include but are not limited to:

  • Scoring and Administration videos
  • Reporting Tutorial for Teachers
  • Reporting Tutorial for Leaders

Additional facilitator-led training available for purchase by districts. Professional learning is available for initial training, strengthening and advanced sessions, in-depth use of the leadership Reporting and Analytics Suite, and coaching sessions.

Teachers and administrators are supported year-round by our customer support team, providing phone, chat, and email support. Additional pedagogical support is provided by our educational support team for more nuanced, expert advice.

Remote Assessments

Visit CLI Engage for remote assessment administration information for TX-KEA. Due to anticipated disruptions at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year as a result of COVID-19, the Children’s Learning Institute is currently working to develop and test alternative administration functionality and protocols for Fall 2020. Remote assessment opportunities:

  • Require a computer/laptop and internet connectivity
  • Are available for use through any web based conferencing tools
  • Include remote administration of literacy screener and other expressive tasks

mCLASS Texas Edition can be administered one-on-one remotely over a web-based video connection. Step-by step instructions and PD videos are provided. To explain to caregivers how to help (but not help too much!), included are letters and videos in English and Spanish.

mCLASS also includes validated Online Alternative Measures for grades 1-6 (English). These measures offer useful data about text reading, comprehension, decoding, spelling, and vocabulary. They may be used to screen student at-home.

Remote Learning and Assessment Guidance Materials

Instructional Support

Integrated small group activities based on student results to support skill development and scaffolding interventions

mCLASS Texas Edition

  • Analyzes the item-level errors and reports on sub-skill reading patterns for each child
  • Provides teacher-led activities to target skill needs for each child
  • Automatically groups students based on response patterns and provides aligned teacher-led activities for each group
  • Individual and group instructional recommendations update when students are progress-monitored
  • Optional adaptive supplemental reading program
  • Optional reading intervention program for Tier II and Tier II students
Dyslexia Screening

TX-KEA is aligned to requirements for criteria for direct assessment in accordance with the Dyslexia Handbook. CLI Engage also provides a comprehensive K-Dyslexia Referral Checklist to support teachers with determining those students who may need further diagnostic referral.

mCLASS Texas edition is fully aligned to requirements in the Dyslexia Handbook in English and Spanish.

Grade Coverage

Vertical alignment of assessments PK-2nd grade on CLI Engage

Prekindergarten and Kindergarten multi-dimensional tools available for continuous improvement (e.g., classroom observation tools)

mCLASS Texas Edition offers: 

  • Vertical alignment of assessments and measures for grades K-6
  • Grade 1 and 2 instruments currently available at no cost to support continuity among early grades instruments

Website Link

https://cliengage.org/public/tools/assessment/tx-kea/ https://amplify.com/mclass-texas

 

 


1st and 2nd Grade

Important Update Regarding mCLASS Texas!

The authorization period for mCLASS Texas as a free, Commissioner-selected reading instrument for first and second grade was extended to July 2023. This means that districts and open enrollment charters can use this tool to conduct the required literacy screening for the 2020-2021, 2021-2022, and 2022-2023 school years.

 

Free 1st and 2nd Grade Literacy Tool Comparison

 
TPRI on Children's Learning Institute Engage logo
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Illuminate Fastbridge logo
Informational Webinars

Learn about TPRI, the highly reliable assessment system for students’ early reading skills. Introductory webinar recording:

Questions after watching the recorded webinar? Contact the Children’s Learning Institute at: cli.webinars@uth.tmc.edu

Check the website for on-going support
Student Progress Monitoring

TPRI™ is an early reading assessment designed to identify the reading and comprehension development of students in grades 1 and 2. At all grade levels, TPRI contains both a Screening and an Inventory Section.

Screener

  • Letter Sound (G1)
  • Word Reading (G1-G2)
  • Blending Phonemes (G1) Inventory
  • Phonemic Awareness (G1)
  • Graphophonemic Knowledge (G1-G2)
  • Word Reading (G1-G2) Reading Accuracy, Fluency and Comprehension (G1-G2)

mCLASS Texas Edition provides efficient one-minute DIBELS 8th Edition® and IDEL (Spanish) measures, with additional measures that fulfill TEA’s Language and Literacy requirements.

1st Grade mCLASS covers:

  • Letter Naming Fluency / Fluidez en Nombrar
  • Phoneme Segmentation Fluency / Fluidez en la Segmentación de Fonemas
  • Nonsense Word Fluency / Fluidez en las Palabras sin Sentido
  • Word Reading Fluency (Real words, read out of context)
  • Oral Reading Fluency
  • Vocabulary (English and Spanish)
  • Spelling (English and Spanish)Listening Comprehension (English and Spanish)

 

2nd Grade mCLASS covers:

  • Nonsense Word Fluency / Fluidez en las Palabras sin Sentido
  • Word Reading Fluency (Real words, read out of context)
  • Oral Reading Fluency / Fluidez En la Lectura Oral
  • Basic Comprehension
  • Vocabulary (English and Spanish)
  • Spelling (English and Spanish)Listening Comprehension (English and Spanish)

 

Measures are designed to:

  • Provide a consistent skills progression coverage for Grades K-6
  • Show apples-to-apples comparisons and growth across grades
  • Surface diagnostic data for all students - whether at-risk or at/above benchmark

FastBridge progress monitoring allows you to frequently check in on Tier 2 and 3 students in your MTSS program. Use progress monitoring to measure their rate of improvement and determine whether targeted instruction and interventions should be maintained, modified, or intensified to close achievement gaps, faster. All of the progress monitoring measures utilize Curriculum-Based Measures (CBM), ensuring that they are:

  • Brief and won’t take away from valuable instruction
  • Simple and easy to interpret and apply
  • Sensitive to growth to show the effects of interventions over short periods
  • Valid, assessing only the specific skill areas that match students’ needs
  • Reliable and highly predictive of future outcomes

 

FastBridge recommends weekly progress monitoring in earlyReading, and all earlyReading tests have progress monitoring forms, with the exception of Concepts of Print, Word Rhyming, Sentence Reading, and Oral Repetition. For students in grade 2, we recommend CBMreading.

The FastBridge system identifies specific skill gaps and directs the teacher to the appropriate progress monitoring measure. The following:

  • Concepts of print
  • Onset sounds
  • Letter names and sounds
  • Word rhyming, blending, segmenting
  • Sight words, decodable words, and nonsense words
  • Sentence reading fluency
  • Oral repetition and oral reading fluency

FAST Projection is a new, patent-pending algorithm based on extensive research from the University of Minnesota. It is the only progress monitoring tool that gives teachers accurate data with just 6 data points. That’s half the amount as other leading solutions, leading to faster intervention!

Educator Training

 

CLI Engage onboarding webinar series:

CLI Engage online learning & professional development for TPRI featuring self-instructional training and facilitation guides:

Administration and instructional support webinars:

  • TPRI and Tejas LEE Orientation for Teachers
  • A Closer Look at Analyzing TPRI Student Progress Monitoring Data (coming soon)
  • Small Group Instructional Planning for TPRI Results Using Targeted Activities (coming soon)

Visit our website to view our training calendar and previously recorded sessions. If you can’t join the webinars live, register so you’ll receive an automatic email with a link to the recording after its conclusion. Additional training to support instruction on CLI Engage •

  • More than 70 CPE hours of core content training for classroom staff
  • Ongoing implementation webinars and research-based outreach for Teachers and Principals

mCLASS Texas Edition Professional Development:

  • Data Driven Instruction: mCLASS Texas Screener and Administration Best Practices
  • mCLASS Texas online training course
  • Mapping measures to basic early literacy skills
  • Administering and scoring measures
  • Data Interpretation and Reporting Features
  • Navigation of skills focused lessons to support individual and group instruction

 

Data driven instructional Planning Webinar Series: September 22 and 24, January 2021 and May 2021

  • Analyzing current student level data to inform instructional
  • Identifying instructional trends and next steps
  • Best practices for forming and adjusting small group instruction

 

mCLASS Texas Edition includes an expansive suite of on-demand resources to teachers and leaders, such as videos and online tutorials. Sample topics include but are not limited to:

  • Scoring and Administration videos
  • Reporting Tutorial for Teachers
  • Reporting Tutorial for Leaders
  • Additional facilitator-led training available for purchase by districts. Professional learning is available for initial training, strengthening and advanced sessions, in-depth use of the leadership Reporting and Analytics Suite, and coaching sessions.
  • Teachers and administrators are supported year-round by our customer support team, providing phone, chat, and email support. Additional pedagogical support is provided by our educational support team for more nuanced, expert advice.

With FastBridge, Educators Can Easily Access Convenient, On-Demand Resources for Training and Troubleshooting FastBridge has built a variety of flexible learning opportunities into every FastBridge subscription. Access these resources for the support you need to use FastBridge effectively, when and where you need them.

Flexible Certifications: Free online training courses are available 24/7 to help educators use FastBridge tools correctly to maximize assessment accuracy. Certifications cover:

  • Navigation
  • Screening
  • Progress monitoring
  • Assessment administration

 

FastBridge Knowledge Base: Enjoy 24/7 access to a robust, user-friendly hub of helpful information for research, professional learning and troubleshooting. Access the Knowledge Base to:

  • Watch on-demand webinars
  • Participate in live chats
  • Submit questions to the school support team

 

Web-Based Learning: Our on-demand, online modules for independent learners cover:

  • Assessment overviews
  • Step-by-step product guidance
  • Scoring practice
  • Video tutorials

 

To-Do List: Get recommended timely actions and tasks based on best practices for implementing a successful MTSS program.

Additional Cost Training Opportunities: Customized in-person or virtual training sessions can help build expertise within the district. Our offerings are flexible and fit a variety of models including train-the-trainer or direct training of end-users

Remote Assessments

Visit CLI Engage for remote assessment administration information for TPRI. Due to anticipated disruptions at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year as a result of COVID-19, the Children’s Learning Institute has developed and tested alternative administration functionality and protocols for Fall 2020.

Remote assessing requires adjustments to administration procedures to provide reliable measures of students’ skills and abilities. Tips for remote assessment administration are covered in this webinar:

 

Download the remote administration teacher’s guides for specific information about using TPRI virtually with students in grades 1 and 2. Remote administration teachers guides include:

 

Conducting assessments remotely creates new opportunities for working in partnership with families. Sharing family-friendly descriptions of the learning areas covered by student assessment help equip families to better support learning at home. Family-friendly measure descriptions include:

  • TPRI Family-Friendly Descriptions – 1st Grade
  • TPRI Family-Friendly Descriptions – 2nd Grade

 

Remote administration opportunities are available for the following TPRI measures for grades 1 and 2:

  • Letter Sounds (G1)
  • Phonemic Awareness (G1)
  • Graphophonemic Knowledge (G1-G2)
  • Word Reading (G1-G2)
  • Reading Accuracy (G1-G2)
  • Reading Fluency (G1-G2)
  • Listening/Reading/Comprehension (G1-G2)

 

Remote administration of TPRI requires certain materials that vary from use in a traditional classroom setting, including:

  • A desktop computer or laptop with internet connectivity for teacher
  • A smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop with internet connectivity for student
  • Required use of any web-based conferencing program
  • Use of Remote Taskboards for TPRI for 1st Grade

mCLASS Texas Edition can be administered one-on-one remotely over a web-based video connection. Step-by step instructions and PD videos are provided. To explain to caregivers how to help (but not help too much!), included are letters and videos in English and Spanish.

mCLASS also includes validated Online Alternative Measures for grades 1-6 (English). These measures offer useful data about text reading, comprehension, decoding, spelling, and vocabulary. They may be used to screen students athome.

Remote Learning and Assessment Guidance

Considerations for Universal Screening with FastBridge During Virtual Education

FastBridge assessments are online or one on one. Any online assessment can be administered to students at home that have a device and internet access can as long as they are made available to them by the school or district FastBridge manager. Other FastBridge assessments require a teacher to download and share student forms and administer the assessment directly with the student. The assessment can then be completed with a one on one virtual meeting. The assessment formats will determine the necessary procedures for distance-based screening. •

Instructional Support

Alignments to Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS):

Integrated small group activities based on student results to support skill development and scaffolding interventions. Each activity translates research into practice through a variety of hands-on activities that teachers can implement with students in a wide variety of settings. Aligned to state standards and available on CLI Engage.

mCLASS Texas Edition

  • Analyzes the item-level errors and reports on sub-skill reading patterns for each child
  • Provides teacher-led activities to target skill needs for each child
  • Automatically groups students based on response patterns and provides aligned teacher-led activities for each group
  • Individual and group instructional recommendations update when students are progress-monitored
  • Optional adaptive supplemental reading program
  • Optional reading intervention program for Tier II and Tier II students

FastBridge offers integrated reporting, creating seamless data between screening and progress monitoring and making it easy for educators to make instructional decisions so they can spend more time teaching. All reports are accessed in one place with a user-friendly dashboard. Some commonly used FastBridge reports include the following:

Group Screening Report: Quickly and accurately identifies and groups students by risk.

Group Growth Report: Highlights rate of improvement based on fall benchmarks and provides growth goals and comparisons to class, school, district, and national norms.

Family Report: Designed for parents, this report helps parents and teachers discuss their student’s FastBridge assessment results.

Screening to Intervention Report (S2i): The built-in Recommendation Engine guides teachers to applicable interventions available within their school and district. The Screening to Intervention (S2i) Report summarizes multiple assessment results into clear, actionable steps for students, subgroups and entire classes to guide appropriate supports. Once students are set up with an intervention, teachers can use brief progress monitoring probes to quickly track student growth. FastBridge not only shows student progress in easy-to-interpret graphs, but it also projects future performance in half the time as other solutions, allowing teachers to make modifications earlier to accelerate student outcomes.

Individual Skills Report: Provides a snapshot of the student’s risk relative to benchmarks on an item-by-item basis.

Group Skills Report: Summarizes skills by student and group, facilitating better differentiated instructional grouping decisions by teachers.

Student-at-a-Glance Report: Details all assessment activity — screening and progress monitoring — over time.

Progress Monitoring Report: Provides details on individual student performance by intervention, rate of improvement, date, trend, goal and more.

Identify At-Risk Students: When used consistently throughout the school year for universal screening, FastBridge provides access to reliable data across reading, math and social-emotional behavior (SEB) assessments. Teachers can apply that data to identify at-risk students and provide on-time, effective interventions.

Dyslexia Screening TPRI includes multiple direct assessments aligned with the Dyslexia Handbook (2018) and a dyslexia referral checklist (DRC) for 1st and 2nd grades. The DRC is designed to support teachers with reviewing their direct assessment data for possible referral, combining direct assessment data with the teacher’s judgment of what they are observing in the classroom. Used with the DRC, TPRI may be used in combination with other assessment tools to satisfy the full scope of skills outlined in the Dyslexia Handbook. The DRC will be made available in November 2020 on CLI Engage for use at MOY as required.

mCLASS Texas edition is fully aligned to requirements in the Dyslexia Handbook in English and Spanish.

  • mCLASS Texas Edition Dyslexia Tool Kit
  • Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN) is available upon request (at no cost)

Using a combination of earlyReading and CBMreading covers the following domains related to dyslexia screening:

  • Phoneme Segmentation and Blending
  • Onset and Rime
  • Rapid Automatic Naming
  • Letter-Sound Association
  • Phonological Memory
  • Oral Vocabulary
  • Word Identification
  • Oral Reading Fluency
  • Reading Comprehension

 

Grade Coverage

Vertical alignment of assessments PK-2nd grade on CLI Engage

Prekindergarten and Kindergarten multi-dimensional tools available for continuous improvement (e.g., classroom observation tools)

mCLASS Texas Edition offers:

  • Vertical alignment of assessments and measures for grades K-6
  • Grade 1 and 2 instruments currently available at no cost to support continuity among early grades instruments

Reading Tools Included:

  • Curriculum-Based Measurement for Reading (CBMreading) is an efficient, evidence-based assessment for universal screening in grades 1-8, and progress monitoring for grades 1-12. It is a simple and efficient procedure. Available in both English and Spanish.
  • Curriculum-Based Measurement for Comprehension (CBMcomp) assesses the details and coherence recalled and retold by a student immediately after reading. The measure is an optional add-on to CBMreading passages for screening and progress monitoring grades 1-8.
  • earlyReading: Get a trusted, insightful composite score indicating students’ readiness or risk with this screening and monitoring tool (PreK-1; may be used for older students as well). Subsets are suggested per benchmark period, varying over time. Available in English or Spanish.

Website Link

https://cliengage.org/public/tools/assessment/tpri-tejas-lee/ https://amplify.com/mclass-texas