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9-19-22 — FastBridge Information Night Sept. 29

Sept. 19, 2022 ~ Families interested in learning more about the district’s new assessment system, FastBridge, are invited to attend an informational night from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at the district’s Instructional Resource Center (14090 S. Black Bob Rd.). Families will have an opportunity to learn more about FastBridge as a screening tool to support student learning academically, as well as an opportunity to speak with district administration to ask questions. The information night will also cover SAEBRS/mySAEBRS, which provides measures of social, academic and emotional behaviors; parent consent is required for SAEBRS/mySAEBRS. Additional communication will be shared in the upcoming weeks regarding SABERS/mySABERS.

As a reminder, the Olathe Public Schools has shifted to a new streamlined assessment system called FastBridge for 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 implementers of FastBridge. Parents, students, and staff reported positive experiences with the administration of the test and interpretation of the 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.