I normally write about strategies, lessons, or ideas that have worked well for me or for others. This time I need help. What are some system approaches for establishing Tier II interventions?
For those readers new to RTI, here is some background. Response to Intervention is a school-based, multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and reduce behavior problems.
With RTI, schools identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions and adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student’s responsiveness. In a nutshell, Tier I is general education, Tier III is special education services, and Tier II is an intervention in between.
Where I’ve Been
In my former comprehensive high school we implemented a Core/Flex period. This was a 25-minute period in which struggling students would be assigned a specific teacher with whom he or she had a D, F, or multiple missing assignments. This assignment would last for three weeks or until a student reached a satisfactory grade and/or cleared up any learning or effort-related issues. All other students reported to a teacher, gymnasium, or study hall of their choice for a flex session. Flex students could choose remediation, make-up work, or time to study. This served students effectively and worked as a Tier II intervention; however, after 1080 legislation Core/Flex did not count as instructional time .
Where I Am Now
I’m in a rural, SE Washington, 9-12 high school with 200 students, six-period day, low number of failing students, but struggling learners with needs not being met. Recently, I’ve become part of an intervention team.
Ideas so far:
- An after school session led by a paraeducator for D and F students with the support of content teachers.
- A seven-period day within a trimester schedule with the addition of a 30-40 minute class in which students can receive credit. Interventions would include support for remedial math, science, and English. Students who do not need an intervention would have elective options including college test prep and a study hall option.
- A student referral form will allow building staff a platform to refer students and provide input to the intervention team. Also, Skyward and Homeroom will be utilized to assess data.
As you can see, my building’s intervention structure is in its infancy. My school has a low number of students with multiple D’s and F’s. One challenge is providing support for students who struggle in math, as the course offerings are limited. In fact, course offerings are limited across the board in order to meet the needs of Core 24.
Please share any and all strategies you have implemented, whether successful or not.
Anything you can provide will be appreciated. What’s worked? What
hasn’t? What might? Your support may have a genuine impact for students.