1st Test (August – September)
FastBridge is used throughout the district as a universal screening and progress monitoring tool in reading for all students in kindergarten and 1st grade. FastBridge measures alphabetic principle (naming letters and producing letter sounds when presented with a page of letters), phonemic awareness (student provides the sounds they hear in various words provided), phonics (decodable, consonant-vowel-consonant, made-up words), sight words, and concepts of print. In first grade and above, it also involves students reading aloud a portion of three different first-grade-level passages for one minute per passage while the administrator notes errors and number of words read correct. Above first grade the assessment is administered to students who are reading significantly below grade level to help identify deficits. Read more about FastBridge.