Universal screening is an essential component of an effective schoolwide literacy model. Assessing all K–8 students three times a year on indicators of essential reading skills supports identifying students who are at risk before they develop reading problems, and identifying struggling readers early enough to successfully remediate their reading difficulties. Although universal screening is essential, it is only the first step. Now more than ever, educators need to know how to use reading data to support students’ academic and social-emotional needs.
To maximize your investment in collecting universal screening data, here are five ways to use the data to inform instruction and improve reading outcomes.