Identifying Struggling Students: steps to take as observed through teacher…
Identifying Struggling Students:
steps to take as observed through teacher interviews
Option 1: Assessment
Assessment gives an overall picture of where students stand and can show any gaps in their learning.
Students who fall under the 25%tile, and especially below the 10%tile, will be monitored
Additional data such as home life, learning background, other assessments will be looked at to determine which path the student will go on.
Struggling students will then fall into two tiers
Tier II (11-25%tile)
Students get extra instruction outside of the regular classroom, served by academic coaches to fill in their learning gaps.
If there is a lack of progress being made, students may be referred to Tier III.
Tier III (0-10%tile)
First, Intervention services such as academic coaches will be used with the student
If there is a lack of progress being made despite intervention, a referral for evaluation will be made for special education
With parental consent, students will undergo evaluation.
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Parents receive a notification letter and progress report regardless of which of the two the student falls under
Option 2: Classroom monitoring
Struggling students will rarely ask for help, so it is imperative that teachers monitor behavior for potential struggling students.
It's important to then figure out the background to why the student is struggling - look at their educational history.
Steps for intervention should be done through the student first, if they are older/in high school.
If there is still little to no change after 2-3 intervention attempts, parents should be informed.
Students take the necessary evaluation to determine if they should be referred to special education
Some reasons that would not necessarily mean they need special education, but maybe just more focus
Have they been highly transient?
Did they have a traumatic experience in the past?
Some behaviors to be aware of
sleeping in class
struggling to compete tasks independently
unable to retell information or ideas
appearing uninterested in the material