RTI2 Universal Screener (High School)



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.
As of July 1, 2016, implementation of Tennessee’s RTI2 Framework is mandatory for all K-12 public schools, in all grade levels. 


Administration Window
Screening Window #1: September 6-27, 2022
Screening Window #2: January 10-31, 2023
Screening Window #3: April 24-May 10, 2023

Looking ahead: 

  • Test schedules are released by the district prior to the start of each school year. They will likely mirror the dates above, but cannot be confirmed until after the school year starts.
    • Screening Window #1: August 1, 2023 – September 29, 2023  
    • Screening Window #2: December 4, 2023 – February 2, 2024  
    • Screening Window #3: April 10, 2024 – May 14, 2024 
Length of Assessment

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

Results to Parents & Students
Results of the 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.