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Academic Intervention Services/Response to Intervention

Megan Kenney teaching students during a recent lesson at Green Meadow Elementary School.The New York State Education Department requires all school districts to provide Academic Intervention Services (AIS) to students who scored below established proficiency levels on the New York State English Language Arts and Mathematics assessments. Academic Intervention Services provides additional focused instruction designed to help students achieve the grade level learning standards in a specific academic area.

The East Greenbush Central School District has an Instructional Support Team at each school that considers student performance measures and an RtI Coordinator to oversee the AIS and RtI programs.

Universal Screening

The New York State Education Department requires a school-wide screening and intervention process prior to the identification of a child as a student with an educational disability by the Committee on Special Education. Universal screening is an assessment procedure characterized by brief, efficient, repeatable testing of age-appropriate academic skills or behaviors expected for his or her grade level. Universal screening may be conducted as many as three times per year.

The district implemented Renaissance Star Assessments in the 2021-22 school year as a way to evaluate achievement in reading, math and early literacy. The software program allows teachers and staff to identify what skills students are ready to learn, provide interventions that students need and track progress toward academic targets.

  • What is Response to Intervention (RtI)?
    Response to Intervention (RtI) is a model used to provide high-quality instruction and evidence-based interventions that address a student’s individual needs by collecting baseline data and measuring the level of progress and performance of students over time. RtI is provided in the general education setting and is designed as an educational strategy “to close achievement gaps for all students including students at risk academically and behaviorally, students with disabilities, and English as a New Language learners by preventing smaller education problems from becoming insurmountable gaps” (NYSED, RTI Guidance Document, October, 2010).
  • What are Academic Intervention Services (AIS)?
    Academic Intervention Services (AIS) are services designed to help students achieve the learning standards in English language arts and mathematics in grades K-12 and social studies and science in grades 4-12. These services include two components:

    • Additional instruction that supplements the general curriculum (regular classroom instruction); and/or
    • Student support services needed to address barriers to improved academic performance. The intensity of such services may vary, but must be designed to respond to student needs as indicated through State assessments results and/or the district-adopted or district-approved procedure that is consistent throughout the district at each grade level.

What Happens When a Student is Eligible for AIS?

If your child is deemed eligible for Academic Intervention Services you will receive written notification of this support along with progress reports at the end of each marking period from your child’s service provider. It is important to remember that informal and formal assessment is a required ongoing process that informs our teachers’ instructional decisions. If you have any concerns about your child’s performance you should not hesitate to contact the teacher, building principal or Curriculum and Instruction office.

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Contact

Lisa Mahar
RTI Coordinator
MaharLi@egcsd.org