Definition: an assessment that identifies individuals as being at-risk for something that allows time for preventative action. It is not intended to diagnose.
Why it matters: Screening is vital for early intervention and prevention of later difficulties and/or disabilities. For Academics, it helps identify students that may have difficulties before they fail.
Example of use: A teacher uses the easyCBM Mathematics at the beginning of the year to identify students in her class at-risk for failure and monitors their progress closely.
Cook, C. R., Volpe, R. J., & Livanis, A. (2010). Constructing a roadmap for future universal screening research beyond academics. Assessment for Effective Intervention, 35(4), 197-205.
Gersten, R., Clarke, B., Haymond, K., & Jordan, N. (2011). Screening for mathematics difficulties in K-3 students. Second edition. Portsmouth, NH: RMC Research Corporation, Center on Instruction.