Murray State University


Assessment plays a key role in the multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) model. Universal screening is an assessment component embedded into MTSS, specifically within the response to intervention framework. The process of administering, scoring, and analyzing data from a universal screener is an essential skill that pre-service teachers need to gain in their educator preparation programs. In this qualitative, case study approach, we examined the ways an experimental learning project in implementing universal screeners impact pre-service teachers’ beliefs and practices for Tier 1 of MTSS. The project was provided to pre-service teachers to give them familiarization with the implementation of universal screeners and how to use data to make informed instructional decisions regarding interventions. Results from participants indicate four themes including: 1) confidence in administrating a universal screener, 2) belief that no student is left behind, 3) benefits in knowing student progress, and 4) the value of hands-on experience.



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