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Liverpool CSD Universal Screening

Monday, September 21, 2020 -

The Liverpool Central School District has a system of academic and social-emotional supports linked directly to the assessed needs of our students. This system, known as Response to Intervention (RtI) and/or Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), provides all students with timely and targeted interventions based upon the results of universal screening tools in reading, math, and behavior.  

Universal screening helps school staff to determine which students may be academically or behaviorally “at risk.” These screenings can include recent results of district tests as well as specific academic or behavior screening tests. These screening assessments are typically administered to all students two or three times per year. Students whose scores fall below a certain cut-point are identified as possibly needing more specialized academic or behavior interventions. The use of universal screenings refines and strengthens our efforts to help all of our students be successful by allowing us to take positive and preventative measures as early as possible.  

The universal screening tools in math (i-Ready Diagnostic) and reading (AIMSWeb Plus) are very similar to tools we use every day to help us determine where students might have gaps in knowledge and need assistance. The behavior screening tool, Behavior Intervention Monitoring and Assessment System, Second Edition (BIMAS-2) focuses on social, emotional and behavioral skills affecting academic engagement.  This year we will be asking parents to complete the BIMAS-2.  You will be receiving an email in the near future.  

The results of the screenings will be used to provide identified students with necessary interventions. All screening results will be available at your child’s school for your review. You will receive written notification if your child will be receiving specialized academic or behavior interventions.  

Thank you for your willingness to assist the Liverpool Central School District in building a system of student supports that is linked directly to data. This will ensure that each of our students has the opportunity to receive the assistance they need to achieve academic and social-emotional success. Please contact your child’s principal if you have questions.


Richard Chapman
​​​​​​​Executive Director for Elementary Education

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