In order to ensure that all students are ready for and successful in Algebra, schools and districts must utilize effective mathematics intervention strategies, like the Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI) model.
A strong Mathematics Intervention program requires:
- Use of valid diagnostic tests as part of a comprehensive evaluation of a student’s strengths and weakness to guide instructional planning.
- Use of evidence-based practices in classroom instruction so that a minimal number of students will struggle to learn the content.
- Regular screening of all students using valid and reliable measures to see which students require additional support in their regular mathematics classroom.
- Use of preventative methods (typically small group instruction/tutoring) for the students requiring additional assistance. This type of in-class support or tutoring is called RTI Tier 2 intervention.
- Regular use of formative assessments to ensure that these students are progressing (progress monitoring).
Supporting ALL students to be successful in mathematics relies on four core beliefs:
- Failure is not an option
- Timely Support - Before, during, extended day and/or after school
- Targeted Instruction – All subgroups
- All Stakeholders are Systematic and coordinated
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