Our goal is to conduct universal screening assessments with all students in all grades. They are typically brief assessments which are followed by additional testing or short-term progress monitoring to corroborate students' risk status. The purpose of screening is to identify or predict students who may be at risk for falling below grade level benchmarks.
Tier 1 intervention generally occurs in the classroom when teachers provide differentiated instruction to every child. 80% of our students will make adequate progress with this core instruction.
Tier 2 exists to provide intervention to those students who are not making adequate progress during Tier 1 instruction. This intervention is provided in groups of 2 to 5 students two or three times per week in the support room for 20 – 30 minutes per day.
When students have received tier 1 and tier 2 instruction and are still not making gains, MTSS calls for an individualized, intense level of instruction in Tier 3. Generally, no more than 5% of our students will need this type of intervention. Diagnostic assessments are also given in an attempt to pinpoint why students are not learning. Tier 3 intervention is usually one-to-one student-teacher instruction in the support room 4 to 5 days a week for an average of 40 minutes per day.