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RTI Tier 3 Approved Option Program Descriptions

CWCS Approved Intensive Instruction Options

The following programs have been approved for Connecting Waters Charter School’s RtI Program for Tier 3 Intensive Instructional Support for struggling students scoring at or below the 25th percentile in Reading and/or Math foundational skills as assessed by AIMSweb.   

Effectiveness:

All of the below programs are proven to be effective based on Scientific Research, IF the program is used with fidelity, the way the program was intended to be used.  

Usage Requirements:

All programs require a minimum of 3-5 days per week for 30-40 minutes per day for maximum success.  

Content:

All programs are universally designed to target students who need extra support in foundational skills.  All of the below programs provide the same content, but some users may have personal preference over the design of the program components.  

 

What is Response to Instruction (RTI)?

Response to Instruction, commonly referred to as RTI, is a multi-level approach often used to identify students who are struggling and to provide the support necessary to help them succeed. RTI is usually separated into three levels or RTI tiers:

 

RTI Tier 1 is general education. It is important that this instruction is research-based and/or state aligned, following the Common Core standards. Students in Tier 1 are performing on or above grade level.

 

RTI Tier 2 is targeted and strategic instruction given to students.  Students who do not respond to Tier 2 instructions are assigned into Tier 3 instruction and are given more intensive support and instruction.

 

RTI Tier 3 is more intensive and often done on an individual (personalized) basis and is usually for students more than one grade level below and lacking foundational skills at their grade level.

 

The below descriptions may help parents and ESs decide which program is a best fit for their student.  

 

SRA Corrective Reading

Decoding & Comprehension Reading Programs

Research: Please contact programsupport@cwcharter.org for available research.

Publisher:  McGraw Hill

McGraw Hill Website

Demonstration of Lesson

Corrective Reading provides intensive direct instruction-based reading intervention for students in Grades 3–Adult who are reading below grade level. This Direct Instruction reading intervention program delivers tightly sequenced, carefully planned lessons that give struggling students the structure and practice necessary to become skilled, fluent readers and better learners. Four levels for decoding plus four for comprehension address the varied reading deficits and skill levels found among older students.

 

More information

 

This is a traditional textbook curriculum that can be taught at home, or you can check with our RtI Department to see if we have an online class available using this curriculum. The Teacher Guide is very scripted and takes all “guesswork” out of having to lesson-plan.  It is very easy to teach at home. 

 

Our highly qualified teachers use this curriculum to teach Developmental classes for levels where student enrollment warrants.  The classes are taught via our Moodle/Blackboard online platform four days per week with live instruction.

 

Grade Levels:  3rd-12th  (Note: If a 3rd grade student places at or above C do NOT place them in Corrective Reading.)

Placement tests are required to determine correct level and may be proctored at home with the parent.  Please go to the school’s website and select Departments > RtI > Corrective Reading Placement Test

*Grades K-2 See Early Reading Tutor below

 

Ordering Information:  This program can be ordered through your ES via a purchase order to be taught at home. You may also ask your ES if a class is being offered for the level you desire.  

Ordering information including ISBNs, prices and item details, as well as available online classes can be found through your ES.

 

Comments from Parents & ESs:

“I love the daily classes, which I feel are imperative for children. The classes are short frequent bursts of information which require auditory and visual processing, and require the child to work through delays in those areas. I think my children previously felt beaten down emotionally. The Developmental Reading classes give them positive feedback from the other students and the quick gratification has made a huge difference.”

 

“My daughter took Developmental Reading and it made marked improvement in her reading abilities… She is now able to read at her grade level with ease.   I would definitely recommend to anyone who has a student struggling with reading to give this class a try.”

 

“…Every day, he is waiting for his class with excitement and a smile.  I feel happy because it is four days a week for the whole semester.  I looked for a tutor before and I couldn't find him one. Thanks to online reading classes, I got the help I was looking for without leaving my home, not extra gas, or driving far and not waiting for a tutor to come to my house.”

 

“The program is scripted. I like that it tells me exactly what to say to help [my student]”

 

SRA Early Reading Tutor (K-2)

 

Grade K-2 students should start with Early Reading Tutor before beginning Corrective Reading.  Additional order information can be found on the CWCS Recommended Curriculum Page, or at this link: Early Reading Tutor

 

This program takes only 10 minutes per day to use as an intervention.

Early Reading Tutor White Paper Research

 

CAMS/STAMS/SOLVE

 

Research: Please contact programsupport@cwcharter.org for available research.

Publisher:  Curriculum Associates Website

Demo:  Demonstration of Lesson   

CAMS:  Diagnose student difficulties in key foundational math skills necessary for success in mathematics. Comprehensive Assessment of Mathematics Strategies (CAMS®) gives you the information you need to target instruction and measure progress in topics that align to NCTM Focal Points and Connections.Aligns to NCTM Focal Points, Connections, and Common Core State Standards Pretest, benchmark, and post test all in one book self-assessments encourage goal-setting, reflection, and student accountability.  Easy to administer and score.

 

STAMS:  Target your individualized instruction on essential math skills based on results from the CAMS® Series. The new Strategies to Achieve Mathematics Success (STAMS®) helps educators teach key foundational math skills and concepts for each grade and provide explicit instruction to thoroughly address grade-level NCTM Focal Points and Connections.Highly scaffolded lessons and a consistent instructional routine re-teach concepts that students never mastered. Student pages are highly visual to make the lesson more engaging and accessible for struggling learners.

 

SOLVE:  Give your students the practice they need to master the foundational math skills. STAMS SOLVE provides students with carefully scaffolded and sequenced practice on the math skills they need to understand to move to the next grade level. This flexible practice book can be used on its own or with the STAMS instructional series to reinforce foundational skills (recommended). Questions reinforce conceptual understanding, not just rote and repetitive drill.  Aligned with NCTM Focal Points and Connections. Supports the transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)!

 

CAMS and STAMS works!A recent independent research study demonstrated that struggling students improved an average of 1–2 full grade levels!

 

This is a traditional textbook curriculum that can be taught at home, or you can check with our RtI Department to see if we have an online class available using this curriculum.  The Teacher Guide is very scripted and takes all “guesswork” out of having to lesson-plan.  It is very easy to teach at home. 

 

Our highly qualified teachers use this curriculum to teach Developmental classes for levels where student enrollment warrants.  The classes are taught via our Moodle/Blackboard online platform four days per week with live instruction.

 

Grade Level: 2nd-12th (Math content is through grade 8) (Note: If student places at or above grade level on the Developmental Math Placement Test do NOT place them in Developmental Math.)

Placement tests are required to determine correct level and may be proctored at home with the parent.  Please go to the school’s website and select Departments > RtI > RtI Math and select the appropriate grade level placement test.

 

STAMS Skills (PDF)

 

Ordering Information:  This program can be ordered through your ES via a purchase order to be taught at home. You may also ask your ES if a class is being offered for the level you desire.  

Ordering information including ISBNs, prices and item details, as well as available online classes can be found through your ES.

Comments from Parents & ESs:

“Before [my student] took this class, he was one of the last ones to complete his STAR exam and his scores were low.  Math was a struggle and he didn’t really enjoy it.  After the class, he completed his testing with the majority of his peers and scored proficient on his exam.”

 

“This curriculum is quick and easy to use with our current curriculum.”

 

Ascend Math

Research

Publisher:  Summit Learning  Website

Demo:

Student Walkthrough  

Student Experience

Click "start lesson" then check out each of the 5 parts of a lesson on the top.

Following the lesson pre-test, each lesson requires the printing of a Study Guide to use for note taking while watching the lesson video.  There are also “explore” and “practice” components and a lesson post-test.  Each lesson video is presented by an actual teacher.

 

This program is Computer Aided Instruction (CAI).

The Ascend Math Solution is appropriate as a Tier II and Tier III intervention.

Ascend Math:

1. Diagnoses students skill gaps based on your state standards and common core standards.

2. Prescribes individual learning paths regardless of grade level automatically. Students work only on the objectives they do not know.

3. Motivates students through a blend of award-winning video instruction and online explorations selected for them from more than 700 objectives, aligned to common core or your state standards.

4. The result: intervention students work at their own pace filling gaps quickly, often gaining two grade levels or more in a matter of months.

 

  • Students follow the same sequence (study guide, video, explore, practice, post assessment) for each objective.
  • Award-winning online video instruction for more than 700 objectives assures each student gets the instruction they need.
  • Students can pause, rewind, and watch as many times as needed.

Grade Levels: 3-12th  (Math content is through grade 8)

Do Not place Grade 2 students in this program

 

Ordering Information:  This program can be ordered through the OML Process during Open Enrollment Periods several times per year.

 

Ascend Math System Requirements (PDF)

 

Comments from Parents & ESs:

“The teacher has a reports page where they can log on to check on the student's progress, view the unit summary, adjust the student's study plan, etc.”

 

“Each lesson has a pre-assessment.  If the student passes it, they move on to the next skill so that they are always focusing on needed areas. Each lesson also has an instructional video and interactive problems online as well as a study guide sheet (that the student or ES can print out) with sample problems to do along with the lesson.  Students enter their answers online and if they get them wrong, there's often a solution video to show them how to do the problem.  After the video and study sheet, there are online practice problems and then there's a post assessment. [My student] really liked the program”

 

iReady Reading & Math

Research

Publisher:  Curriculum Associates

Website

Demo:

Sample Lessons

Scroll down to select View Sample Lessons to get to math and reading lessons.

Following completion of the diagnostic assessments, a lesson pathway is created for students to follow.

 

This program is Computer Aided Instruction (CAI).

Built for the Common Core, i-Ready combines a valid and reliable growth measure and individualized instruction in a single online product. Diverse student groups—from those who need the highest levels of intervention to those who need very little intervention beyond regular classroom instruction—experience success with i-Ready because it is truly adaptive to learners at all levels of development and because the structure of the program supports different types of learners.

Adaptive Diagnostic

  • The adaptive Diagnostic gets to the root causes of student challenges and tailors appropriate, specific differentiated instruction for all.
  • Data from the adaptive Diagnostic informs and places students into the appropriate RTI tiers.

Easy-to-read Student Reports

  • Reports identify instructional gaps and provide clear, concise, and immediate next steps in order to increase student gains.

Intervention Screener Report

  • Data from i-Ready Diagnostic generates the Intervention Screener Report, which places students in appropriate RTI tiers, quickly identifying those students who need remediation.
  • The Intervention Screener Report also gives administrators a clear indication of overall performance and the scope and scale of intervention needed.

Powerful Student Online and Flexible Teacher-Led Instruction

  • Online lessons automatically place students into instruction at their level based on the results from the Diagnostic. This provides targeted instruction prioritizing the highest areas of need.
  • Instruction available in the form of lesson plans and through the digital access of Ready provides flexible grouping options, delivering both on and off grade level lessons, and reinforces student online instruction.

Grade Levels:  K-12 (Math content is through grade 8)

 

Ordering Information:  This program can be ordered through the OML Process during Open Enrollment Periods several times per year. (Minimum enrollment may be required)

 

i-Ready System Requirements (PDF)

 

Comments from Parents & ESs:

“It is great. My kids like it and even my daughter, who is in the first grade, is asking me if she can do it. My kids love this program . Thank you so much.”

 

“I like some parts of iReady very much.  I think the lessons do a good job of breaking down concepts and provide good practice.  The interface is friendly and motivating.  [My student] loves the games and is definitely motivated to earn credits to play them.   I think iReady would be more useful if I had the ability to manually override the placement decisions. Another frustrating thing is that I don't know how long a particular lesson will take.  So, when she asks me, "How much longer?"  I can't give her a real answer.  I also wish I could see a blueprint of which topics were going to be covered in upcoming days and weeks.  We have a lot of material to cover, so if I knew that, for example, iReady was set to do 5 lessons on money, I could focus my attention elsewhere.  I hope this feedback is helpful.  I think it's a good program.”

 

“The program has worked very well for [my student] and I find it extremely helpful in providing guided lessons which help teach new concepts or reiterate concepts we're already covering in his other curricula.  Before the diagnostic, the Math lessons had become a little too difficult for him, as if they had jumped a step or two and presumed knowledge he hadn't learned yet.  Since the diagnostic, however, this seems to have improved. Overall, the program has been very successful for us.”

 

Let's Go Learn (LGL) Reading & Math

Research

Publisher:  Let’s Go Learn

Website

Demo:

Math Grade 4 Sample Lesson

ELA Sample Lesson

 

On each link above you will need to select "sample lesson".  You can then manipulate between the lessons.

 

Following completion of the ADAM (math) and DORA (reading) diagnostic assessments, ESs enroll students in the recommended Edge products based on the assessment information. Students follow the lesson path in each of the Edge programs for Reading and/or Math.

 

This program is  Computer Aided Instruction (CAI).

Let’s Go Learn understands the importance of making sure parents get the best information possible about their children’s academic development. Decisions made by parents should be based on solid diagnostic information, and this is not always easy to attain. Let’s Go Learn offers solutions to help parents and homeschoolers meet the reading and math needs of their students. With powerful online assessments that act like reading and math specialists, and supplemental online instruction tailored to your child’s unique profile, Let’s Go Learn helps you ensure your children are meeting the demands of the 21st century.

LGL Reading Edge is a web-based, differentiated learning course focusing on decoding and other basic reading skills.  Pop-cultured themed materials engage students as they learn in areas targeted by the built in diagnostic assessment.

 

LGL Math Edge is the perfect accompaniment to ADAM K-7, our diagnostic math assessment.  Data from the 44 sub-tests in ADAM K-7 are used to prescribe one of five LGL Math Edge online courses:  ME2, ME3, ME4, ME5, or ME6.  Students enter the appropriate level of instruction based on their strengths and weaknesses.  With Let’s Go Learn, every learning event is customized to a student’s needs!

 

Grade Levels: Reading: 2nd - 12th; Math: K-12th  (Math content is through grade 7. Pre-Alg &  Algebra programs are also available.)

Ordering Information:  This program can be ordered through the OML Process during Open Enrollment Periods several times per year.

 

Let's Go Learn System Requirements

 

Comments from Parents & ESs:

“The program is visually much more dynamic.  It has nice graphics, animation and sound -- it feels like a fun game (rather than dry math problems). “

 

“Each level within the Let's Go Math program is briefly and easily introduced and then accompanied by a song -- which is great for  [my student]!  The songs help hold his attention and increases his understanding and memory of the concepts.”

 

“The program is scaffolded in a logical manner”

 

“It was  never made clear what the program requires for the student to be able to advance from one topic to the next.  The same topic was being presented again and again, which was frustrating until I figured out that the program wouldn't allow us to advance until the student had scored a hundred points in the current level.  This should be made clear at the beginning (it would have saved his tutor and myself from unnecessary frustration).”

 

“Nice reports are available to see [my students] lessons and scores”