Universal Screener Best Practices

Universal Screener Best Practices


Classworks includes a vertically scaled, valid and reliable assessment in reading and math for grades K-HS for screening all students three times a year.

Classworks Assessments serve four main purposes: 

  1. Identify Present Levels of Performance (PLOP) for students. 

  2. Help identify students who may need intervention.

  3. Measure student growth over the course of the year.

  4. Generate individualized learning for students.

The Classworks Universal Screeners are available in English and Spanish and it is possible for a student to complete the assessment in both languages during the same assessment window. Best Practice Recommendation: The screeners completed in the English language generate Individualized Learning Paths. Classworks recommends that all students complete screeners in the English language during each assessment window.

Teachers and Proctors

  1. With the Classworks assessments, the proctor must ensure all students are diligently working through and answering the questions. 

  2. All questions should be answered during a single class period. However, if students need additional time the test will bookmark. Reminding students of time intervals and actively walking around to make sure students are working through the questions is key. It is easy to see how far along in each test the student is by glancing at their monitor. 

  3. If students are taking it remotely, you can easily see how much time they spent on it. This will indicate if they rushed through the test and you would like them to take it again.

Site Administrators and Teachers

  1. Share the results at parent teacher conferences. 

  2. Identify students for Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions based on the results. Students one grade level below are typically identified to receive tier two supports and students performing two or more grade levels below are typically identified to receive tier three supports. See Screener targets. 

  3. The assessment results generate individualized learning paths for students that consist of the skills students need to work on or are ready to learn. 

  4. While learning paths are great for all students, it’s imperative that the students identified to receive tiers two and three supports work in Classworks Individualized Learning and participate in Progress Monitoring. 

  5. At the end of the year, review the growth made throughout the year.

  6. Celebrate the progress all students made. Share the data with parents and the teachers who will be working with your class next year. 

Note: There are many districts that use Classworks assessments to generate Individualized Learning Paths, and not as formal assessments. If this is the case, you have more flexibility with how you elect to administer it. 

When would this happen:

  • If a student misses their formal testing (NWEA MAP Growth,  Renaissance Star, etc.) window and needs a learning path 

  • If a student is enrolled into the school year late

  • If a student scores too low or too high on a partner assessment but they still need individualized learning. 

District and Site Administrators

  1. Know your testing windows.

  2. Test students three times a year. 

  3. Ensure the computer labs and carts are reserved for testing during the testing windows. 

  4. Make sure testing is administered as formal testing.  Accommodations students receive for the end of year tests should be applied. 

  5. Set aside 60 minutes per subject for a single administration of the assessment. This is plenty of time for all students to complete the test (unless accommodations are in place).

  6. Do not schedule students to assess both subjects on the same day, allow a day between subjects. 

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