Data Tool Selection Guidance

 

 

 

 


Prekindergarten

***Important Update*** The Commissioner's List of Approved Prekindergarten Assessment Instruments is extended through the 2021-2022 school year.

The Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment tool listed in the table below is available at no cost to Texas residents through November  2023 through Texas Home Learning. Find more information at www.texashomelearning.org.

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 Approved Literacy Instrument Information

Districts and open-enrollment charters must use either the Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TXKEA) by the Children's Learning Institute or mCLASS Texas by Amplify as the required beginning-of-year literacy instrument. Learn more about each of the kindergarten literacy instruments and vendors via the Meet and Greet sessions or the side-by-side Comparison Table below.

Meet and Greets

mCLASS Texas (Amplify) Meet and Greet (recorded)

TXKEA (CLI) Meet and Greet (recorded)

Comparison Table

Click on a section name below to see a side-by-side comparison of the two approved kindergarten literacy instruments.

Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment Logo
mCLASS Texas logo

Learn more about TX-KEA:

An introductory webinar recording can be found on our Webinars and Presentations page under the section titled Assessments & Analyzing Progress Monitoring Data:

  • TX-KEA Orientation for Teachers

New to CLI Engage? Watch this short Take a Tour video to learn about the tools and resources on CLI Engage, and where to find them.

Questions about TX-KEA? Contact us at: texaskea@uth.tmc.edu

Webinar Information and Registration

 

Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment Logo
mCLASS Texas logo

Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment (TX-KEA) offers comprehensive kindergarten entry screening, progress monitoring, and observation tools hosted on CLI Engage platform: TX-KEA is available in Spanish and English and Includes the TEA required BOY Literacy Screener and EOY Dyslexia Screener. Domains and Sub-Tests included in TX-KEA:

  • Language and Literacy
    • Vocabulary
    • Letter Names
    • Spelling
    • Listening Comprehension
    • Syllabication
    • Letter Sounds
    • Blending Sounds
    • Decoding
  • STEM
    • Mathematics
    • Science and Engineering
  • Social Emotional
    • Social Emotional Competence
    • Emotion Management
  • Executive Function
    • Working Memory
    • Inhibition
    • Attention
  • Academic Motor Skills

Learn more by viewing our recent webinar! Data Driven Instruction: TX-KEA Screener and Administration Best Practices (recorded)

Refer to the TX-KEA User Guide for detailed information about administering TX-KEA.

Refer to Understanding Your Child's TX-KEA Results to assist families in becoming more knowledgeable about progress monitoring and supporting learning at home.

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
Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment Logo
mCLASS Texas logo

 

 

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 

Find administration and instructional support webinars on our Webinars and Presentations page under Assessments & Analyzing Progress Monitoring Data:

  • TX-KEA Orientation for Teachers
  • Small Group Instructional Planning Using Targeted Activities for K
  • Analyzing TX-KEA Classroom Data for MOY
  • Remote Administration of Assessments on CLI Engage

Find all you need to know about CLI Engage onboarding on our Webinars and Presentations page under Getting Started with CLI Engage:

  • Welcome to CLI Engage for New LEAs
  • Welcome Back to CLI Engage
  • Uploading Data into CLI Engage
  • ECDS Uploads: Kindergarten Data

Watch this brief video on how to access and create a variety of reports after the administration of TX-KEA:

Accessing Reports on CLI Engage

Family Engagement Webinars to support learning at home and at school can also be found on our Webinars and Presentations page under Engaging Families:

  • Remote Instruction and Learning, and Team-Teaching with Families
  • Teacher Resources to Support Home Learning
  • Family Engagement Resources on CLI Engage
  • Partnering with Families
  • Promoting Two-Way Conversations with Families Remotely
  • Remotely Incorporating Family Engagement to Support Children's Development

Visit our website to view more previously recorded webinars and our training calendar.

  • 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 (recorded)

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

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

  • 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.

Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment Logo
mCLASS Texas logo

Visit CLI Engage for remote assessment administration information for TX-KEA.  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 receptive and expressive tasks

Our Teacher Guide for the Remote Administration of TX-KEA includes:

  • Sample email to families
  • Teacher preparation checklist
  • Handouts for families
  • Family-friendly language describing each measure being assessed and why it is assessed

Our Remote Assessment Administration page also includes the following:

Be sure to watch the Remote Administration of K Assessments on CLI Engage Webinar

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

Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment Logo
mCLASS Texas logo

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.

Watch this brief video on how to access and create a variety of reports after the administration of TX-KEA:

CLI and PBS Collaboration: CIRCLE STEM Lab is designed around selections from PBS Learning Media, these interactive activities teach foundational STEM skills. The extensive collection integrates video segments with hands-on activities.

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
Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment Logo
mCLASS Texas logo

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.

CLI Engage offers dyslexia referral checklist and screener for Kindergarten. You can also download the Dyslexia Referral Checklist (DRC) for Kindergarten .

The TX-KEA subtests that the Dyslexia screener is comprised of are:

  • Letter Names
  • Spelling
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Syllabication
  • Letter Sounds
  • Blending Sounds
  • Decoding

Learn about our dyslexia referral and screening resources by watching this video:

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

Texas Kindergarten Entry Assessment Logo
mCLASS Texas logo

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

 


1st and 2nd Grade Approved Literacy Instrument Information

There are three free approved literacy instruments for 1st and 2nd grade.

TPRI/Tejas Lee (Children's Learning Institute)

mCLASS Texas (Amplify)

FastBridge (Illuminate Education)

Comparison Table

Click on a section name below to see a comparison of the three instruments.

TPRI on Children's Learning Institute Engage logo
mCLASS-Texas-Logo_2_0.png
Illuminate Fastbridge logo

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!

TPRI on Children's Learning Institute Engage logo
mCLASS-Texas-Logo_2_0.png
Illuminate Fastbridge logo

 

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

TPRI on Children's Learning Institute Engage logo
mCLASS-Texas-Logo_2_0.png
Illuminate Fastbridge logo

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. •

TPRI on Children's Learning Institute Engage logo
mCLASS-Texas-Logo_2_0.png
Illuminate Fastbridge logo

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.

TPRI on Children's Learning Institute Engage logo
mCLASS-Texas-Logo_2_0.png
Illuminate Fastbridge logo
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

 

TPRI on Children's Learning Institute Engage logo
mCLASS-Texas-Logo_2_0.png
Illuminate Fastbridge logo

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.