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KnowledgeBases > The Response to Intervention KnowledgeBase > Element 2 > Activity 2 > Task 1: Select Screening Tools


The glossary of terms at the National Center on Response to Intervention website provides the following definition for universal screening: "Universal screening is conducted, usually as a first stage within a screening process, to identify or predict students who may be at risk for poor learning outcomes. Universal screening tests are typically brief; conducted with all students at a grade level; and followed by additional testing or short-term progress monitoring to corroborate students' risk status."  Selecting the appropriate screening tools is important to assure accurate screening results. This task provides resources to assist with selecting screening tools.

This link is to the screening tools chart compiled by the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI). As noted at the NCRTI website, "The screening and progress monitoring tools charts reflect the results of reviews of tools by the Center’s Technical Review Committee (TRC)." An explanation of the chart's features is provided at the bottom of the page.

This Center on Instruction document examines the existing screening measures used at the primary level describing the necessary features needed to screen students in grades K-3 for mathematical difficulties.

This RTI Action Network article describes four screening processes used to identify students at risk for reading problems. It provides a list of screening measures schools might consider using for students in Grades 1-3.

This RTI Action Network article, authored by University of Washington's Joseph R. Jenkins, Ph.D., and Boise State University's Evelyn Johnson, Ed.D., explores the issues associated with universal screening applied to reading in the early grades.

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