Tier 3 Reading Intervention
WHICH STUDENTS QUALIFY FOR TIER 3 READING INSTRUCTION?
Students in grades 3 - 8 reading more than two grade levels below their current grade level qualify for the intensive tier 3 supports. 3rd-grade students will receive an additional 30 minutes of reading intervention outside their 90-minute core reading block. Qualifying students in grades 4 - 8 will participate in a Tier 3 replacement ELA course. This course includes specialized instructional resources designed specifically to accelerate students’ learning and address gaps in reading skills. The course uses daily doses of Achieve 3000 and Wilson Language Intervention programs paired with teacher small-group reading lessons to intensify instruction.
WHAT DOES INSTRUCTION LOOK LIKE IN A TIER 3 READING CLASSROOM?
Tier 3 Reading Intervention classrooms have a smaller number of students, technology resources and specialized programs. The tier 3 class should move students through workstations starting with a whole group mini-lesson followed by independent work on Achieve 3000, Independent Reading and Writing and a teacher small-group station. The teacher small-group station can include a phonics (decoding) lesson, a guided reading lesson to apply skills and practice comprehension, and/or a strategy lesson.
WHEN SHOULD STUDENTS BE EXITED FROM THE TIER 3 COURSE?
Students must meet the following criteria to exit Tier 3: must show proficiency in the Achieve 3000 program on their reading and comprehension skills and show that they can read within 2 years of grade level for two consecutive months. As soon as students show that they can do this, we move them out of tier 3; this can happen at any time throughout the year.