To facilitate the Universal Screening and Progress Monitoring assessment practices that will be required (Chapter 62) of all buildings in the state that have a K-3 population of students.  The state of Iowa has purchased the use of various literacy assessment tools and a complimentary data system that will assist educators in the collection, organization and analysis of student data.  These data and the resulting decisions that are made will be critical activities carried out by the data teams in each of the implementation sites.

Individual growth and development indicators (IGDIs)

IGDIs are a comprehensive set of assessments for monitoring the growth and development of young children. IGDIs are easy to collect, sensitive to small changes in children’s achievement, and mark progress toward a long-term desired outcome. Skills assessed include: Oral Language and Vocabulary, Phonological Awareness, Alphabet Knowledge, and Comprehension.

Formative assessment system for teachers (FAST)

FAST is a suite of highly efficient assessment tools designed for screening, progress monitoring, and program evaluation as part of a Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) model of service delivery.  Assessments include: CBM Reading (K-6 Oral Reading fluency), early Reading (K-1 – Concepts of Print, Onset/Initial Sounds, Letter Sounds, Rhyming, Phoneme Segmentation and Blending, Sight Word Fluency, Decodable Word Reading, Decodable Nonsense Word Reading and Sentence Reading), and adaptive Reading.

Tools for innovation and educational results (TIER)

This is a data management system that will work seamlessly with our MTSS data to display universal screening and progress monitoring data, and support the tracking of individual student interventions.  This “smart” system will be programed to assist educators in making effective data-based decisions.  The Iowa TIER is an application that is available on the Iowa Education Portal.

Data systems and assessments overview webinar

This is a 30 minute webinar that was recorded on March 6th, 2013. It was recorded by consultants at the Department of Education. Topics addressed include an overview of Iowa MTSS framework, as well as Iowa’s recently-purchased RtI database, universal screeners, and progress monitoring assessments.

Data system and assessment overview presentation slides

This presentation was used during the Overview webinar conducted by the Iowa Department of Education on March 6th, 2013.

FAQ for data system and assessments

This FAQ addresses a wide range of issues related to MTSS.