KSDE & Renaissance partnerships

Kansas State Department of Education has partnered with Renaissance Learning to support districts to successfully screen and progress monitor students leveraging FastBridge and Star. Reach out to your Account Manager for more information on pricing.

Both partnerships include high quality, just-in-time professional development sponsored by KSDE to support successful implementation.

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FastBridge and Star are KSDE-approved Dyslexia Screeners

Nonsense Word Reading should be assessed starting winter of Kindergarten and then continue through all three 1st grade screening windows as suggested in the technical manual. As identified in the KSDE screening protocol document which can be found here, nonsense word fluency is a required subtest to be reported spring of 1st grade. Therefore, KSDE requests that decodable words not be used as a substitute for this assessment and that NWF is the assessment that all districts use.

The use of NWF is for a specific assessment purpose (automaticity of a student connecting phonemes and graphemes) and the use of decodable words provides students an option of reading based on prior knowledge and previous orthographic mapping of the word.

Gain deeper insights into your pre-K students’ performance 

Thanks to the participation of Kansas districts in pilots around the state, FastBridge can provide additional support for our 4-year-old pre-K students with the release of new subtest combinations in FastBridge’s earlyReading (English) and earlyMath.

Pre-K Kansas learning

  • Unlike earlyReading for KG or grade 1, there are only three required subtests for the preK composite
  • Updated user norms for earlyReading English and earlyMath Composite and Composite subtests for preK
  • At this time, FASTtrack is not available for preschool students, and no new reports have been released

The Renaissance Kansas team is a proud sponsor of:

  • United School Administrators of Kansas

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