The Universal Screener assessment is used to identify readiness for on-grade level instruction. It is typically administered at the beginning of the school year; though it may also be used on an ongoing basis as part of an RtI model.
The assessments are composed of Math and Reading/Language Arts and are developed for each grade level, K-10. To identify readiness, they include multiple grade levels to allow sufficient “reach” to identify student weaknesses. For grades 2 and above, approximately 50% of the test content is from the target grade, 25% from one grade below and 25% from two grades below. The kindergarten assessment has two different forms reflecting earlier and later kindergarten content, given the rapid development at that level.
The test contains 20 – 35 items and does bookmark in case it is not completed in one sitting. Questions are not randomized to allow the teacher to read the assessment aloud as needed. As a formal assessment, proper test administration measures must be taken.
The Universal Screener is not assigned by teachers; rather, it is enabled by a district administrator for students to access. After the assessment is enabled for students, they have a maximum of 5 attempts per testing window to complete the assessment. Once the assessment has been completed, Individualized Learning Paths (ILPs) can be generated using the assessment results.
K-2 Audio Support
For all Screeners: Classworks provides audio support. Passages, questions, and
answer choices are automatically read aloud*.
Students can hear the entire audio set repeated by
clicking the Listen button.
Students can also hover their mouse over a passage, question, or
answer choice. If the sound icon appears, students can click the mouse
to hear that portion again.
*Portions of the items that have audio support varies based on what the item is
intended to assess.
Enabling the Universal Screener (District Administrators Only)