Bicentennial students are supported under the Response to Intervention Model (RTii). Response to Intervention (RTI)
is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. The RTI process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom and progress is measured frequently. The amount of extra help the child receives increases with each level.
Tier I involves whole group instruction in the classroom. Grade level skills are measured frequently through common assessments, exit slips and observations. Students in grades one through five are also evaluated three times a year through the iReady assessment. Instruction in the classroom is differentiated with skills reinforced through re-teaching and small group instruction. Many students respond successfully to Tier 1 support and achieve grade-level expectations.
Students struggling academically, behaviorally or emotionally are referred to the school's Child Assistant Team (CHAT) by the teachers and/or parents. The CHAT team meets weekly to discuss referred students and discuss implemented differentiation. If the child is not making adequate progress in Tier I, additional targeted assistance in the area(s) of concern will be implemented. This help is in addition to the regular classroom instruction, not a replacement for it. Students who have a specific medical diagnosis which directly impacts their learning may qualify for a 504 educational plan. 504's include accommodations which can be implemented in the learning environment. Tier II academic interventions take place one to two times a week, for approximately 30 minutes, and are delivered by a para-educator, teacher or special educator, using more prescribed materials and methods. Students will continue to be monitored to determine progress and the success of interventions.
Typically, only a small percentage of students require Tier III intervention. Tier III instruction is specialized, using a research-based intervention program, and delivered daily for 45-60 minutes by a special educator. Students receiving this level of support are identified through the special education process. An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is implemented with specific measurable goals. Progress is closely monitored and evaluated three times a year.
Meet the Special Education Team of Bicentennial
Front Row: Kathleen Dudevoir, Betsey Matthews
Back Row: Judy Cummings, Danielle Russell, Jennifer Thomas
Heather Brickner, Jennifer Thomas, Dianne Roosen