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It is recommended that students that are blind or visually impaired take the same Universal Screener (FAST or DIBELS) this is given in their school district. Both FAST materials and DIBELS materials can be adapted for braille readers.

FAST Testing Environment Handout

Ordering information and accommodations for FAST are available form TVIs who have access to the IBS DropBox (Test_Testing/FAST)

FAST Math related to students who use braille

Information about the tests

  • Not all of the measures are given at any given grade or school
  • Some measures are more accessible for braille users than others
  • aMath and early Math are packaged together
  • Scratch paper can be used on all tests except Automaticity
  • The abacus is allowed if needed
  • There are 5 measures and here is info related to accessibility of each
    • aMath (grades K-8, 20-40 minutes normally) measures broad math skills
      • this is online and adaptive so you wouldn’t know the question and what materials you might need to represent any problems or pictures until they come up on the screen
      • not accessible, no downloadable materials, nothing will show up in Nemeth Code, no pictures are described within the assessment
    • earlyMath (grades K-1) measures quantities, numerals, differences and can be used for progress monitoring
      • This can be made accessible with effort through the use of number flash cards and manipulatives
      • Has some downloadable materials that can be brailled
    • CBMmath-Automaticity (grades 1-3, up to 4 minutes) measures fact fluency (add, subtract, multiply, divide)
      • Only accessible if read to the student, but that of course messes with the time and affects the score
      • No downloadable materials, uses touch screen or mouse
    • CBMmath-Concepts and Applications (known as CAP, grades 1-8, up to 20 minutes) measures using fact skills to solve word problems
      • This would need to be read to the student, nothing will show up in Nemeth code, no pictures are described
    • CBMmath-Process (grades 2-6, approximately 10-15 minutes normally, time can be extended according to IEP) measures multi-step computation
      • This is paper/pencil so it can easily be sent in to be brailled

Below is a list of other possible screeners that are accessible. Basically, any screener that is auditory, manipulative based, or can be printed off to be brailled would work for a student who uses braille. There may be others, but these are the ones I know of.

  • AMU – Assessment for Mathematical Understanding can be printed out and then sent in to be brailled. Part of it is also manipulative based anyway. See Math Screeners for Schools dropbox folder for more information.
  • Boulder Valley, Colorado has a screener that can be printed and brailled. See Math Screeners for Schools dropbox folder for more information.
  • The Delaware Screener can easily be printed and sent in to be brailled. See Math Screeners for Schools dropbox folder for more information.
  • Math Reasoning Inventory - meant for Grades 6-8, can be printed and sent in to be brailled. See Math Screeners for Schools dropbox folder for more information.
  • The Number Knowledge  is auditory and manipulative based. See Math Screeners for Schools dropbox folder for more information.
  • Ohio Diagnostic Assessments can be printed and sent in to be brailled. See Math Screeners for Schools dropbox folder for more information.
  • The Number Sense screener – This is easily adapted for a braille reader since much of it is auditory or uses manipulatives, but would need to be purchased by the school. 


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