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. 

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.

Enabling the Universal Screener

The Universal Screener can be enabled for all students by a district administrator through the Integrations Directory (Administration tab > Utilities sub-tab > Integrations Directory > Classworks Assessments). That is where the assessment is enabled, the testing windows are set, and it is decided which Classworks assessment option will be made available, as well as the subjects tested in each assessment window. By using this process, the assessment is not assigned by individual teachers, it is made available for all students in a school or district based on the options chosen for each testing window.

RtI Report

After students have taken the Universal Screener, the RtI Recommendations report will be available. The RtI (Response to Intervention) Recommendations report is used to view student results from a specific administration of the Universal Screener. From its results, you can identify students requiring further evaluation and potential intervention as part of the RtI process. Results are based on common vertical scaled scores.

Generate the Universal Screener: RtI Report

1) Navigate to the Individualized Learning tab. 

2) Use the filter options to find students.

3) In the search results, select student(s) that you would like to use to run the report.

Note: students need to have assessment data available before the report can be generated.

4) After selecting students, click Generate Report.

5) For Report Type, select Assessment, then choose Universal Screener and choose Universal Screener Results: RtI Recommendations. 

6) Name your Report and select your report characteristics.

7) Choose what you would like to do with the report:

Save: Saves the report to be available under My Reports on the Reports tab. This allows you to run it again using the same settings.

Export to File: Allows you to generate a CSV file or Tab Delimited file that will be emailed to the user.

Preview: Allows you to preview the report and print it as a PDF if desired

What to Look For

As you read the report, notice the following items: 

  • What is the average scaled score of the group (data displayed above the blue target readiness bar)? 
  • How does the average score compare to the target readiness based on time of year – fall, winter, spring? This can be used when needing to compare a student to his/her peers. 
  • (If displaying by class, teacher or school) Is there a key strand that is an overall weakness for the group? Is there a key strand that is an overall strength for the group? Use this information to help with classroom planning. 
  • When viewing individual student results, be sure to notice the amount of time the student spent taking the assessment. Is it an adequate amount of time? 
  • The overall score and overall readiness reflect data for all strands assessed. The individual strand information is displayed for only key strands, which are strands where enough questions were asked to be able to identify it as a student strength or weakness. 
  • What is the student's CBM level? Is it on, above, or below their actual grade level?

Report Sample: Summarize by Individual Student

Export to File Options

You can export the results of a Universal Screener test administration to a data file. The data file can be opened in a spreadsheet in order to manipulate the data as needed. For example, you may wish to sort the data to find your bottom 25% or top 25% of students. 

You can export the Universal Screener data into a .csv (i.e. spreadsheet) file. 

The file contains the following Universal Screener data: 

  • Test name 
  • Student District ID 
  • Student name 
  • Correct/Attempted for each strand assessed 
  • Student's scaled score 
  • Readiness score (based on corresponding testing window) 
  • Testing Window in which test was administered 
  • Date student completed the assessment 
  • Duration (in seconds) 
  • Teacher name 
  • School name 

Note: The Display By options do not apply to export. 

Individualized Learning

After students have taken the Universal Screener, Individualized Learning Paths (ILPs) can be generated based on the assessment results. 

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