To qualify for additional reading intervention services in grade K and TItle I services in grades 1-2, students go through a screening process. The first step is taking the STAR test at the initial screening. (STAR, is an acronym, used to mean "Standardized Test for the Assessment of Reading." This meaning is no longer maintained, as the company has created STAR assessments for skills in domains other than reading.) The students' scores fall into one of four categories (At or Above Benchmark, On Watch, Intervention, Urgent Intervention). Students who score in the intervention and urgent intervention categories are then retested on the STAR to rule out false positives due to lack of exposure to the ipad/headphones, nerves, etc.
In addition, all students are given the AimswebPlus Benchmark assessment, which is a web-based formative assessment tool. AimswebPlus uses a battery of tests that provides composite scores, and includes both timed curriculum-based measures (CBMs) plus untimed-standards-based measures that help to identify at-risk learners. On this benchmark assessment the students’ scores fall into one of five categories (Well Below Average, Below Average, Average, Above Average, and Well Above Average).
Using both the STAR and the Aimsweb data, student scores are entered into a formula to determine the most at -risk learners who will benefit from Title 1 intervention services for reading and writing instruction. Students are continually monitored using STAR and Aimsweb to determine the effectiveness of instruction and monitor student progress.