The FastBridge screening passages are a little more difficult than the progress monitoring passages. This is because screening passages are used with all students who have a wide range of reading skills. By contrast, the progress monitoring passages are used with students with reading difficulties and are slightly easier so that they are more sensitive to student growth over time. To account for this difference, FastBridge adjusts the goal line during the progress monitoring setup process. Specifically, the screening score shown on the graph is adjusted to reflect the equivalent score if the passage matched the progress passage difficulty level. The adjustment is small (1 to 10 words correct per minute) when monitoring is at grade level and larger for off-grade monitoring. The adjustments take into account both the student's performance and relative difficulty of the passages. Users have the option to see either the adjusted score, the original score, or both on the progress graph. Here is an example:
As shown, the Standard line start score and the FAST line start scores are a little different. They eventually merge and result in the same goal.