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
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 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.
After students have take 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 upon common vertical scaled scores.
Generate the Universal Screener: RtI Report
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 reflects 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.
Report Sample: Display by Selected Students
You can export the results of a Universal Screener test administration to a data file. The
datafile 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
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.
After students have taken the Universal Screener, Individualized Learning Paths (ILPs) can be generated based on the assessment results. Click here to learn more about how to create Individualized Learning Paths using your Universal Screener data.