Tier 1: The Whole Class (Differentiated Core)
In the general education classroom, the teacher measures everyone’s skills. This is known as a universal screening. This year, our screening was based on EOG scores, report cards, and the I-Ready Diagnostic. The screening helps the teacher work with students in small groups based on their skill levels. All students are taught using methods that research has shown to be effective.
Alot of students need Tier 1 instructional support because their reading and math skills are not quite at grade level.
During the intervention, student progress is monitored or assessed to see who might need additional support. Many students respond successfully to Tier 1 support and achieve grade-level expectations.
Tier 2: Small Group Interventions (Supplemental Support)
If a student isn’t making adequate progress in Tier 1, he’ll start to receive more targeted help. This is in addition to the regular classroom instruction, not a replacement for it. Tier 2 interventions take place a few times a week.
During these extra help sessions, he’ll be taught in small groups using a different method than in Tier 1 because the first method wasn’t successful. The school will monitor the child’s progress so it’s clear whether the Tier 2 intervention is helping.
Tier 3: Intensive Interventions (Intensive Support)
Typically, only a small percentage of the class will require Tier 3 support. If a student needs Tier 3 support, it will be tailored to his needs. Every day he’ll receive one-on-one instruction or work in very small groups. The groups may include some students who are receiving special education services and who need to work on the same skills.