Definition: Administered prior to instruction and provides information regarding student’s current knowledge and skills. This information can be used to determine the best instruction as well as identify needed supports.
Why it matters: It allows you to create a program based upon the student’s current level of understanding. Provides the teacher with a clear starting point for instruction.
Example of use: Use of Qualitative Reading Inventory to create an instruction plan for a student in reading.
Duckett, B. (2009). A Dictionary of Education. Reference Reviews, 23(5), 21-22.
National Center on Response to Intervention (June 2012). RTI Implementer Series: Module 1: Screening—Training Manual. Washington, DC: Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, National Center on Response to Intervention.