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Literacy and Math Support Services
The Academic Support Program (ASP) is a Tier II intervention for students who can benefit from supplemental instruction. Students in Grades 2-5 are referred to the program by classroom teachers or parents. ASP offers these students individual or small-group intervention services in reading, writing, and/or math. Standards-based assessments are used to screen students and determine eligibility for the program. Our ASP interventionists are all certified teachers with elementary classroom experience. They collaborate with our school’s math and literacy coordinators to interpret assessment results, create individualized academic goals, and implement effective instructional strategies. The aim is to strengthen students’ foundational skills and promote greater classroom success. Sessions are scheduled two to three times a week, for 30 to 45 minutes each, and usually take place in the ASP center.
Academic Support Program (Grades 2-5)
Early Literacy Intervention (Grade 1)
First grade is the year children are expected to become independent readers. Those who struggle at the initial stages are referred for screening in September by the K/1 teachers. The screenings used for 1st graders are the Observation Survey of Early Literacy Achievement and the DIBELS. Based on screening results and teacher
recommendations, 1st graders most in need are offered daily 1:1 instruction with a certiﬁed reading tutor, either using the Reading Recovery method, a structured phonics approach (e. g. Wilson Fundations) or another approach tailored to individual patterns of strength and weakness. First graders who need less intense support are offered small group tutorials two or three times each week. All tutorial work supplements, but does not replace, regular classroom reading instruction. A successful tutorial experience provides that “just-right” mix of code-based and meaning-based instruction that enables the child to make the progress needed to participate in higher level classroom reading lessons.
Phonemic Awareness Program (Kindergarten)
Kindergarteners who score below national grade-level benchmarks on the DIBELS screening are offered supplementary individual or small group tutorials three times a week through the Phonemic Awareness Program. The tutorials are provided by a highly qualiﬁed reading teacher. All K/1 teachers provide phonemic awareness instruction, but many beginning kindergarteners have nearly mastered these critical pre-reading skills. Others need individualized instruction to fully grasp the concepts. These are the children served by this tutorial program.