Last Sunday I introduced to you how my school has implemented RtI. I explained Tier 1 and you can read it here if you missed that part. This week I am attempting to describe to you how Tiers 2 and 3 are conducted at my school.
Once students are placed into either tier 2 or tier 3, then I make decisions based on how they performed on the DRA or phonemic awareness assessments as to what interventions they need. I also group students according to interventions needed and/or reading level. For tier 2, we keep our groups to 6 students per teacher or less. But I must say that there have been several times that this has been an impossibility for us due to staffing. I just don’t have enough staff members available always to keep the numbers as low as I would like for tier 2. For those students that have worked their way up to tier 3 due to lack of adequate progress in tier 2, we have groups of 2 or less per teacher.
I do not use a program in RtI. I am not a program person. I know lots of schools use Aimsweb and other programs. Our principal bought us Acuity this past year, but I do not use it for tiers 2 or 3. I prefer to delve more into how the students performed on the DRA or phonemic awareness assessments to decide on what intervention best meets their needs. I will admit though at times, I think those programs might make my job of overseeing all of this and getting everything prepared for all of my teachers to use would make my life much easier. But I really think doing what we are doing is working so well and the proof is in the growth evidenced in our scores.
The teachers teach interventions, weekly progress monitor (test), and graph the progress on the graph weekly. Then at the end of 10 weeks or 12 weeks, depending on which tier they are in, a decision meeting will be held to decide if the students made adequate progress or not and whether to change them in tiers or interventions. Next Sunday, I will be explaining how we run our decision meetings and how we come to our decisions regarding the students and the tiers they are in. How do our tiers 2 and 3 compare to yours? I would love to hear about how your tiers are run. This is definitely a work in progress for us and I am always looking to improve our process for the best interests of our students’ learning!