Entrance into the Elementary Instructional Support Program
Throughout the school year, teachers submit evidence-based recommendations for entrance into the instructional support program. A district committee composed of instructional support teachers, building administration, and district administration meets four times a school year to review recommendations and supporting evidence in order to render a decision.
Since the intent of the Elementary Instructional Support Program is to provide general education academic support, the following guiding question is used when rendering a decision whether to place a student in the program:
Is there sufficient evidence to show a student needs academic Instructional Support - in addition to his/her general education differentiated classroom - to acquire the necessary mathematical content and/or literacy skills in order to meet grade level expectations?
Parents of students accepted into instructional support are notified after each committee meeting.
Exit from the Elementary Instructional Support Program
All students are formally exited from the instructional support program at the end of the year. Those students expected to continue to need instructional support at the end of the school year will be monitored by instructional support staff at the beginning of the following school year in order to assess a student's current skill level and academic needs.
In addition, an instructional support teacher may recommend exit from the instructional support program during the year if the evidence shows a student no longer requires academic instructional support in order to acquire the necessary skills/content within the differentiated general education classroom setting. The district committee reviews all exit recommendations several times throughout the school year.
All students receiving instructional support in 5th grade must exit the elementary instructional support program at the end of the year since they are moving to the middle school. Those students found eligible for the WAMS Instructional Support Program will be notified over the summer by the Mathematics and English Language Arts Supervisors.