Students who are at risk for not meeting grade level standards will receive intervention services. Students in need of extra support will be identified and assessed, to ensure that they receive appropriate support. Assessment tools such as Teacher’s College (Columbia University), as well as ongoing informal assessments, will help us in identifying such students.  State and city assessments will also be utilized to determine the need for our students in the upper grades. Careful record keeping, including anecdotal/conference notes, running records, and work samples, will be used as important tools in helping us to determine a plan of action for our students.  Educational assistants and the support services personnel who work with at-risk students must also keep a log of their daily work with each student.

 

Our work with at-risk students is being supported by regulations that require all schools in New York State to provide Academic Intervention Services (AIS) for students who score below the State-designated performance standards on State assessments and/or who are at-risk of not achieving the State Learning standards.  AIS services are not special education services, but are additional instruction and support services which supplement the general curriculum.  The emphasis on AIS is part of the larger move to reduce special education referrals.

 

Our speech teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, guidance counselor and members of the SBST will also help us to meet the needs of our at-risk students. ….These professionals will share their expertise by helping us to identify students with OT, PT, Speech and social/emotional issues; while providing teachers with ideas for interventions.

 

We anticipate having the following in place this year:

–       Guided reading push-in/pull-out program (Grades K-5)

–       Small group support (Grades K-5)

–       Guidance services: emotional and social support

–       The Mental Health Clinic: family/emotional support

–       Educational Assistant support

–       Learning Leaders support

–       Professional Development in meeting the needs of struggling readers

–       Professional Development in meeting the needs of students who struggle with mathematics

–       Resource Room (K-5 and “At Risk” students)