Instruction, Intervention & Enrichment
Instruction or Where do we start?
Our teachers use quality, effective instruction intended to reach all learners in the classroom. Teachers and Specialists use our district authored curriculum (based on Ohio’s Learning Standards) to set appropriate learning targets for all students. Instruction is both research-based and tailored to meet the needs of the students in the classroom. Students are continuously assessed to determine if they are reaching the identified learning targets. This classroom instruction is often referred to as Tier 1 instruction, and has been proven to support the needs of at least 85 percent of students.
Intervention or What happens if the first level of instruction is not effective for some students?
If data show that any student is not meeting learning targets of the Tier 1 instruction, the MTSS (team?) will convene and develop a plan to introduce supplemental intervention so a student will have opportunities for additional time and support to build skills, while continuing to learn and grow with the other students in the class. This comprehensive approach is referred to as Tier 2 instruction and is designed to meet individual needs of each student through increased time and frequency of skill-building interventions while the student continues to be exposed to grade level curriculum in the classroom. It is important to note that Tier 2 instruction is implemented in addition to, never in place of Tier 1 instruction. These interventions and the student’s response are monitored for progress for six to eight weeks, and then the team reconvenes to determine the next step.
If a student is not making adequate progress through Tier 2 instruction, the MTSS team will design a system of individual interventions with increased intensity to support student growth. This is referred to as Tier 3 instruction, which differs from Tier 2, because of the increased intensity, duration of time and individualized instruction. These interventions are closely monitored for six weeks; then the MTSS (team?) will reconvene to evaluate the effectiveness and next steps.
Enrichment or What do we do when they already know it?
Pre-assessments, formative instruction, student interest surveys, and other sources of data will invariably show that some students can reach the learning targets even before instruction. In Grandview, nearly 45 percent of our students are identified as accelerated and/or advanced in achievement or identified as Talented And Gifted. We offer 18 Advanced Placement Courses, in addition to College Credit Plus opportunities.