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AIMSweb

Description of measures:

AIMSweb is a scientifically based, universal screener that informs the teaching and learning process in a multi-tiered system of support. AIMSweb has multiple assessments for universal screening and progress monitoring.  

  • Test of Early Literacy (TEL) (K-1 benchmark, Progress Monitor any age)
    • Letter Naming Fluency
    • Letter Sound Fluency
    • Phonemic Segmentation Fluency
    • Nonsense Word Fluency
  • R-CBM (K-8, Progress Monitor any age)
  • MAZE (Grades 1-8, Progress Monitor any age)

Benefits of collecting and using AIMSweb:

  • Establishes fall, winter, and spring screening data
  • Evaluates the implementation of the curriculum
  • Identifies at-risk students early and accurately
  • Monitors student progress when interventions are implemented based on student need

Measurement tool:

AIMSweb

When the information is due:

Universal screeners are conducted three times per year. The suggested assessment periods for MiBLSi schools are identified on the measurement schedule. The results should be entered into the AIMSweb database prior to team meetings to review and act upon the school's data.

MiBLSi's 2013-2014 Screening Windows

Fall Screening Period          9/9/2013 to 9/27/2013
Winter Screening Period      1/13/2014 to 1/31/2014
Spring Screening Period      5/5/2014 to 5/23/2014

MiBLSi's 2014-2015 Screening Windows

Fall Screening Period          9/8/2014 to 9/19/2014
Winter Screening Period     1/5/2015 to 1/15/2015
Spring Screening Period     5/4/2015 to 5/15/2015

Estimated time involved in collecting information:

  • The universal screening takes approximately 4-9 minutes per student.
  • Data entry into the AIMSweb data system takes approximately 3 minutes per class.
  • Printing reports involves approximately 30 seconds per report.

How to collect and submit information:

Assess each individual student during the universal screening period using the AIMSweb materials. 

Administer AIMSweb within the identified two week assessment period

  • It is important to administer the screening measures within the specified screening window, and to have all of your students assessed within a two week period from the time screening starts.  When assessing all students within the two week period,
    • it increases the validity of comparison data
    • it creates a snapshot of student performance taken at approximately the same time
    • it reduces the likelihood that some students' performance will look better than others due to extra exposure to instruction before testing.
  • If under rare circumstances schools/districts are absolutely unable to complete the screening for all students within the set screening window, it is recommended that at least one grade level be completely assessed and scores entered in the data website so reports can be generated for upcoming trainings (i.e., Data Reviews, Strategic Support for Struggling Readers).  The remaining students who need to be screened will be assessed as soon as possible and data entered into the data website. The school leadership team will create an action plan that details when the rest of the CBM data will be studied and used to inform instructional decisions. The action plan will also include strategies that future screening occurs during the identified 2-week window.

Enter the TEL, ORF and/or MAZE data into the AIMSweb database.

Another option for data entry is Browser Based Scoring through the AIMSweb.

How to analyze the results of AIMSweb:
  

How AIMSweb results support School Improvement:

Research supporting AIMSweb:

Click here for a list of research references from AIMSweb.
 

Frequently Asked Questions:

www.aimsweb.com/faqs

If you have questions, please contact:

Jennifer Rollenhagen
MiBLSi Measurement and Evaluation Specialist
West Shore ESD
Hart Office
844 Griswold St.
Hart, MI  49420
231.873.5651

jrollenhagen@wsesd.org