The Universal Screener assessment is used to identify readiness for on-grade level instruction. It is typically administered three times a 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.
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.
In this article we will cover:
Generate the Universal Screener: RtI Report
1. Navigate to the Reports tab then click Assessment in the menu options on the left.
2. Scroll to find Universal Screener Results: RtI Recommendations then click create.
3. Select which students you would like to generate this report for using the following filters:
School - If you have permissions at multiple schools, select which school you would like to run this report for.
Classes - All Classes is automatically selected. Use the dropdown to select your class(es); or,
Selected Students - click this to pick specific students for this report.
Custom Groups - All Custom Groups is automatically selected. Use the dropdown to select a specific Custom Group(s); or,
Choose Demographics - select specific grade levels, genders, races, and other characteristics of students you would like included in the report. Click Apply.
4. Choose your Report Options:
Give your report a name
Choose to Summarize By Selected Students or Individual Students
Selected Students: This totals all of the data for all of the students you selected and reports it by grade level.
Individual Student: This shows summary data for each individual student, as well as totals.
5. Review your selections and click create.
6. A preview of your report will appear! Click CSV in the top right to download the report as a CSV file; click PDF in the top right to print or download the report; or click the back arrow on the left to return to the settings if changes needed to be made.
What to Look For
As you read the report, notice the following items:
When viewing individual student results, be sure to notice the amount of time the student spent taking the assessment. Did they rush through it? 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 grade level equivalency? Is it on, above, or below their actual grade level?
What is their percentile ranking (PR)? Learn more about that here.
Which students have not completed the Universal Screener? These are the students listed under "No Percentile Ranking"
Report Sample: Summarize by Selected Students
Report Sample: Summarize by Individual Student
You can export the results of a Universal Screener test administration to a CSV. 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.
The file contains the following Universal Screener data:
Student District ID
Correct/Attempted for each strand assessed
Student's scaled score for each attempt
Readiness score (based on the corresponding testing window)
Testing Window in which test was administered
Date student completed each assessment attempt
Duration (in seconds)
Note: The Display By options do not apply to export.
To export the Rti Recommendations file:
1. Follow Steps 1-5 above.
2. Click CSV.
3. The file will automatically start downloading. Once ready (this can take a few minutes depending on the size of the file), it will appear in your browsers download bar:
4. Utilizing Excel tools, you can sort the list as desired. For example, below, I have sorted by the Testing Window then by student last name to easily see student results that may have taken the same test multiple times.