G1 universal screener

Posted by Ryan Higbea
  • Posted on 10/27/16 - 10:48 a.m.

Which assessment would you recommend for G1 as a universal screener / general progress monitor at different points in the year?

I believe in the fall, a NWF (Nonsense Word Fluency) would be recommended, but at what point would you recommend that we switch to an ORF for first graders? Our ORF company has passages starting in G1 as early as the winter. Is that appropriate? Or should we continue with a NWF through the middle of first grade and give an ORF at the end of G1? Or should we be thinking about another universal screener / general progress monitor for G1 Ss in winter & spring?



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Anne Ittner (Literacy Specialist/Coach)
  • Posted on 10/31/16 - 10:58 a.m.

Thanks for initiating this conversation with the community Ryan!

What are others using as a universal screener in 1st grade in Winter ?

Michele Chapin (Premium User)
  • Posted on 11/14/16 - 2:04 p.m.

We are using FAST. There is both NWF and an ORF (CBM) for 1st grade in the winter and Spring. 

  • Posted on 12/05/16 - 11:41 a.m.

We use FAST, too, but we look at both the earlyReading composite score and the NWF results specifically.  If a student is below benchmark on either measure we consider the student for intervention in grade 1.  Also, this year for the first time we are using Decodable Word Fluency instead of NWF throughout the system.  I think the technical adequacy of NWF is a little stronger than DWF, but our teachers feel MUCH better about administering a real word assessment versus a pseudo-word assessment.


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