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8-19-22 — District Introduces New Academic Assessment Tool

Aug. 19, 2022 ~ The Olathe Public Schools has shifted to a new streamlined assessment system called FastBridge beginning in the 2022-23 school year. FastBridge is replacing several separate assessment and screening systems previously used (NWEA MAP for both math and reading as well as AMIRA for screening at-risk readers). This past spring, seven buildings throughout the district were early implementors of FastBridge. Parents, students, and staff reported positive experiences with administration of the test and interpretation of results.

The shift to FastBridge allows educators to meet state required assessment and screening on one platform, and in all cases reduces the amount of time students are assessing. The academic data gathered is very similar to that of NWEA MAP, containing both a percentile and a scaled score much like that of the RIT score that parents may be used to in their student’s reports. The information gained from FastBridge directly informs the district’s Multi-Tiered System of Support for reading and math allowing educators to proactively meet the needs of students.