Texas Approves Illuminate Education’s FastBridge as Reading Diagnostic Tool

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FastBridge assessment system provides Texas educators with two efficient, evidence-based screening and progress monitoring tools

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“FastBridge is a powerful tool, whether it’s used in the school building, as part of remote learning or in a blended learning environment,” said Dr. Shawn Mahoney, Chief Product Officer and Chief Learning Officer at Illuminate.

Illuminate Education, a leading K-12 student performance solution, today announced that FastBridge has been selected as a Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved reading diagnostic tool for grades 1 and 2, per House Bill 3 legislation.

“FastBridge is a powerful tool, whether it’s used in the school building, as part of remote learning or in a blended learning environment,” said Dr. Shawn Mahoney, Chief Product Officer and Chief Learning Officer at Illuminate. “FastBridge supports Texas educators in accelerating early literacy learning with two efficient, evidence-based tools: earlyReading and CBMreading.”

earlyReading is an assessment suite of 12 subtests that screen students’ foundational skills in the core areas of phonemic awareness, phonics and fluency. The subtests typically administered in grades PreK-1 are in English and Spanish and may be used for screening and frequent progress monitoring at any grade. Each assessment is designed to be highly efficient and inform instruction.

CBMreading is a one-minute assessment of oral reading fluency that can be used for universal screening in English or Spanish, and for frequent progress monitoring for grades 1-8. Substantial research demonstrates that CBMreading is a robust indicator of reading development and a useful predictor of student performance on state tests.

FastBridge is the only assessment system utilizing both Computer-Adaptive Testing (CAT) and Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) for universal screening and progress monitoring for reading, math, and social-emotional behavior. FastBridge takes the work out of data analysis by offering robust, reliable reporting that identifies students who are at risk and makes recommendations for timely, targeted supports.

Illuminate Education is offering free demos of CBMreading and earlyReading, as well as webinars on how FastBridge and the Illuminate Education comprehensive solution can be used to prevent learning loss and accelerate learning. Click here for more information.

About Illuminate Education
Illuminate Education is the leading provider of integrated K–12 technology systems. Illuminate's innovative tools bridge the gap between instruction, assessment, and data analytics, transforming the potential of teaching and learning. With all the data available within a single platform, teachers can assess learning and link to the right resources, while district leaders can receive a holistic view of students. Headquartered in Irvine, California, Illuminate's team of experienced educators and technology specialists serve 12 million students across all 50 states.

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