MULTIPLE TIERS OF STUDENT SUPPORT
Multiple Tiered Student Supports is a framework for meeting the needs of all learners. There are three tiers as follows:
Tier 1 – This is what we do every day to support students and includes Responsive Classroom practices, comprehensive school guidance programs, and UDL instructional approaches intended to meet the needs of all learners within our classroom.
Sometimes, we find that despite all of these programs and supports, students struggle and we wonder if a student needs more. When this happens, teachers will make a referral to the Student Support Team which will review the referral, talk with parents and teachers, and evaluate student data in order to assess the need for Tier II interventions.
The Student Support Team is made up of the following:
· School Counselor
· Special Educators
· Reading Specialist
· Math Specialist
· Nurse and or Allied Services Providers as indicated
· Mental Health Counselor as indicated
· Community Social Worker as indicated
The SST team shall meet weekly, and/or as necessary. In addition, teachers, parents, paraeducators and sometimes the student him/herself are consulted via as needed referral meetings. The SST can choose to go one of two routes as follows:
Provide insight/consultation for Tier I approaches that may better meet the need of the student.
Identify the need for Tier II supports.
Tier II – If the Student Support Team determines the need for Tier II supports, they will develop and implement an intervention plan that may include but is not limited to:
● Use of a variety of teaching methods and approaches
● Communicating with parents
● Diagnostic teaching
● Remedial math instruction
● Remedial literacy instruction
● Behavior plan
● Individual instruction in areas of weakness
● Consultation with specialists
Tier III is for those students for whom Tier I and Tier II supports and interventions still do not meet their academic and social emotional learning needs. Students with disabilities may require a Tier III specialized education plan or IEP.