RTI2 Universal Screener (Grades 3-8)



Purpose & Use

The Tennessee State Board of Education has approved Special Education Guidelines and Standards regarding Evaluations for Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD). As stated in the Guiding Principles, RTI2 is a process focused on prevention and early intervention that uses assessment data for instruction, intervention, and transitions between tiers. Assessment is a major component of the RTI2 Framework. Data derived from assessment informs the data-based decision-making process.

An LEA must administer a nationally normed, skills-based universal screener. A universal screener is a brief screening assessment of academic skills (i.e. basic reading skills, reading fluency, reading comprehension, math calculation, math problem solving, written expression) administered to ALL students to determine whether students demonstrate the skills necessary to achieve grade-level standards.

Administration Window   
Screening Window #1: August 28 - September 15, 2024
Screening Window #2:
  • Grades 3-5 - January 8-26, 2025
  • Grades 6-8 - December 4-19, 2024 
Screening Window #3: April 24-May 14, 2025  
Length of Assessment

This adaptive assessment has a reading/fluency and mathematics component – each lasting approximately 20 minutes.

Results to Parents & Students
Results of screener will be shared with parents in a timely manner after the district testing window is completed.
For additional information about RTI2, please refer to this TDOE link.