The Kansas Department of Education and Illuminate Education signed a four-year agreement to implement FastBridge, a universal screener and progress monitoring tool for academics and social-emotional behavior, in all of its districts. The effort is supported using American Rescue Plan funds and pays for half of the costs associated with implementing the assessment in districts. The FastBridge system helps to ensure that districts and schools have the data they need to provide students with personalized learning opportunities.
We are spotlighting this practice because accurate information about student learning throughout the year can support instructional practices that accelerate learning. The use of federal COVID relief funds to help provide meaningful data is noteworthy and should be replicated in other states that lack strong interim and formative assessment tools.