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8 Steps for Navigating Special Education Referrals in the “New Normal”

Identifying students in need of special education services is different after more than a year of disrupted learning—here's what to do about it.

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Nathaniel von der Embse, Ph.D., NCSP
Associate Professor,
University of South Florida

Sherril English, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Simmons School of Education, Southern Methodist University

Stephen Kilgus, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Understand & Address Dyslexia

Students with dyslexia may need more support this school year. Learn best practices to assess and address dyslexia so you can help all students become strong readers.

Give Vulnerable Students a Strong Start

Prepare students who experienced a greater impact from COVID-19 disruptions to achieve catch-up growth and meet their learning goals next year.


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Build a strong Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) that ensures educators have the right tools and the right data to provide timely, targeted support.

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FastBridge is the only universal screening, diagnostic reporting, and progress monitoring tool to combine Computer-Adaptive Testing (CAT) with Curriculum-Based Measures (CBM) for reading, math and social-emotional behavior.

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Inform Tier 1 program evaluation and pinpoint areas of effective and ineffective core practices


Pinpoint academic and SEB skill gaps for more targeted interventions that expedite growth

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Know whether interventions are working in half the time to make necessary adjustments faster

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Ensure that growth is happening equitably for all students


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You often hear the phrase ‘data rich, information poor.’ We’re not there anymore. We’re data rich, information rich. We’re now making really solid decisions for kids based on accurate data.

Mona Perkins, Principal
North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakwood School District

In one platform, we can see the entire student’s history for academic and behavior performance. You can get to the ‘why’ behind a student’s struggle.

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Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

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