R.T.I. RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION - S.T.E.M.
“The important thing is to never stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein
Cleveland Middle School utilizes the Three Tier Instruction and Intervention Model in the general education program for all students. Three times a year (August, December, and April), all students take the universal screener, iReady. Sixth Grade students take the Fluency Test on the EasyCBM screener as well as the iReady in Reading and Math. The screener identifies students who are at risk for reading and math. Parents are notified of the results in writing after each universal screening.
The RTI Facilitator provides support to teachers for instruction and management of data. The RTI Facilitator, in collaboration with the RTI team, review assessment data in order to make decisions regarding instructional placements and program adjustments. The RTI team consists of: the principal, teachers, school psychologist, Special Services Facilitator and ELL teachers. The purpose of the RTI Team is to review student intervention data and educational history. The team makes recommendations regarding educational programming and/or need for further assessment. Information obtained will be used to determine placement in Tier II or Tier III intervention classes. These classes are scheduled during designated intervention periods, as to not take away from regular class involvement. Student progress is monitored regularly using EasyCBM progress monitoring. The results of these assessments drive instructional changes and curriculum development, and they are combined with manipulatives to increase student
Read Naturally is an interactive reading intervention program used for Tier Ed instruction. Individual needs are met through customized, motivational texts that are aligned with State standards. Students actively engage in repeated readings, fluency practice and comprehension questions that allow students to work at their learning pace. This program monitors student performance to keep them on track and moving forward. Research has shown that Read Naturally is proven to help students make remarkable gains. In 2018-2019, 66% of students scored on track or mastered for ELA. Conversely, 34% did not. Read Naturally has proven to increase reading fluency and comprehension and lead to higher student achievement. Thus, Cleveland Middle School will increase the number of students utilizing this reading intervention program in the 2019-2021 School Year.
GOAL OF R.T.I.
The goal of RTI is to increase achievement in areas of need. Based on the iReady growth scores for the spring of 2019, 488 students showed no growth, while 947 students showed growth. We hope to increase the number of students growing towards mastery of content through RTI.
GOAL OF R.T.I.2-B
The RTI2-B program is designed to be an early-intervention for students who may be struggling with behavior issues in the classroom. Students will utilize RTI time to work on social and emotional behaviors within a small-group environment. This RTI program is rooted in the idea that if students can't control their behavior, they will have difficulty learning. The program is modeled after a state-wide program implemented in Florida. RTI2-B is designed to encourage students to excel in their learning through curbing negative behaviors and to help keep students from entering Raider Blue Academy.
IREADY GROWTH SCORES 2019-2020 MATH & READING
Every student at CMS is given the opportunity to take iReady tests in Reading and Math to gauge their understanding. iReady Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment designed to provide teachers with actionable insight into student needs. The Diagnostic offers a complete picture of student performance and growth, eliminating the need for multiple, redundant tests. Due to the fact that many of our students have been in Virtual School most of the past year, such information is critical to help guide instruction so we can serve our students better, especially since nationwide, early data shows pandemic learning loss.
EVIDENCES OF PROGRESS IN IREADY TESTING 2021
Project Based Learning (PBL) is a constructivist instructional approach where students are engaged in meaningful inquiry of personal interest to them and where collaboration and personalized learning are emphasized. Research confirms that PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn and develop deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career and civic life.
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP LESSONS EVERY FRIDAY DURING RTI
It's a media-rich world. Everywhere we turn, from the moment we awake until the moment we go to sleep, we interact with, interpret, and create media. In this lesson students will have an opportunity to exercise and develop critical thinking relating to media, use problem solving skills to deconstruct media production, and collaborate to create a media communication piece. To help our students navigate the World Wide Web sensibly, every Friday during RTI all of the CMS students participate in a Digital Citizenship Curriculum where interactive lessons and activities are shared. These lesson plans address timely topics and prepare our middle school students to take ownership of their digital lives.
IN HONOR OF A PAST TEACHER CMS PROUDLY HOSTS THE ANNUAL "MILDRED MAUPIN SPELLING BEE"
While not all of the words in the Spelling Bee relate to scientific terminology or has a basis in what is traditionally considered S.T.E.M., the art of spelling is all about practice, hard work, memory, and critical thinking. Held each year in February, the Annual "Mildred Maupin" Spelling Bee requires clear headed thinking under duress. The result...students improve their general spelling, vocabulary and language skills in a fun competition with their peers.