Readers of this blog have read about the response to the intervention process before. Indeed, we posted about the tiered approach last year. From that article, we know that this early intervention process is designed to measure the child’s presumptive grade-level progression and determine which tier of intervention is needed to ensure school success. This blog will give additional information on the tiered approach.
Who decides the tier?
The Tier Team decides which tier is appropriate based on reviewing the student’s work, assessments and screenings. The Tier Team includes the student’s teachers, parents and other staff, as needed, including a school psychologist.
The Tier Team continually monitors the progress of the student through assessments of the student’s performance. This is done to understand if supports are working, adjust instruction or change the tier level to meet the student’s needs. The frequency will vary by New York school, tier level and the student’s individual needs. Most schools monitor progress every week or every other week.
New York parents receive these screening results. They also get periodic updates from their child’s classroom teachers. This is a mandatory requirement for tiers above Tier 1. These reports include what data are collected, learning strategies and parental rights as they relate to additional services and monitoring. Parents are also encouraged to meet with the school and teachers regularly.
What happens if even Tier 3 is not working?
Unfortunately, there are a small number of Cedarhurst, New York, students who do not advance as expected. These students require additional evaluations, including determining whether there is a disability that affects their ability to academically progress. The school will get parental consent for these special needs’ evaluations and special educational services.