Describe all intervention strategies employed by the school to improve the academic performance of students identified by the early warning system.
Collins Elementary School utilizes a variety of data collection methods. All grade levels engage in the use of Common Formative Assessments designed to assess student mastery of grade level standards that have been taught through the use of various instructional materials. These assessments are given every two to four weeks. Data is tracked throughout the school year and interventions are implemented for students who are not making acceptable progress toward mastery.
Students in K-3 and those in 4th and 5th grade who are identified as having a deficiency in reading are assessed three times each year using the Benchmark Assessment System (BAS). Data from this assessment helps to identify specific reading deficiencies and allows teachers to group students to meet their academic needs.
Teachers are encouraged to use a variety of instructional materials for initial instruction to help students achieve mastery of the Florida Standards, including the district’s adopted curriculum, teacher and team designed activities, and state recommended activities. For those students identified through a variety of assessments as “struggling readers”, small group and individual interventions are implemented. Phonics for Reading, Fundations, and Leveled Literacy Intervention are some of the programs utilized to help close the achievement gap for these students.