• Academic Intervention Plan

    Academic Intervention Services are designed to help students achieve grade level expectations in English Language Arts and Mathematics in grades K-12 and Social Studies and Science in grades 4-12. Academic Intervention Services (AIS) are supplemental instruction and/or student support services intended to assist students in meeting the expectations of the Common Core Learning Standards.  These intervention services include additional instruction that supplements the general curriculum.

    The intensity of services vary based on student need, but are designed to respond to student needs as indicated through various assessment measures which are consistent throughout the district at each grade level. Valley Central utilizes a two-step process to determine which students are in need of Academic Intervention Services (AIS). Valley Central uses a uniformly applied district established protocol (using multiple measures) at each grade level for determining which students will receive AIS in the upcoming school year. (See attached eligibility charts).  Students in Valley Central who score at levels 1 or 2 on NYS assessments are automatically considered for services. In cases where students score in the upper range of level 2, monitoring the student’s performance by school staff may be an appropriate support. Students in Valley Central partake in various assessments, including Fountas and Pinnell Benchmarks, the Primary Literacy Assessments, and NWEA-MAP, which are used to determine eligibility based on district benchmark scores, set annually. 

    All eligible students, including Special Education students and English Language Learners (ELL) are provided with AIS on the same basis as general education students and English speaking students. ELL students can receive AIS in addition to English as a New Language (ENL) instruction.  Special Education students can receive AIS in addition to Special Education Services. 

    Students entering the Valley Central High School will be required to meet the graduation requirements established by the New York State Department of Education. (See attached charts for AIS eligibility).

    Response-to-Intervention (RTI)

    The Valley Central School District provides this comprehensive program of Academic Support Services (AIS) by using a Response-to-Intervention (RTI) multi-step approach for students. The goal of the program is to provide a support system for students in order for them to succeed in their regular academic program and on New York State assessments and Regents exams. The program is designed to diagnose and correct academic deficiencies in students who are struggling to achieve grade level expectations in:

    • English Language Arts and Mathematics in grades K-8
      • English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science in grades 4-12
    • The RTI process is a multi-step approach to providing services and interventions at increasing levels of intensity. The progress students make at each stage of intervention is closely monitored and results are used to make decisions about the need for further research-based instruction/intervention in general education. The Regents has authorized the use of RTI on the State’s criteria to determine learning disabilities and effective July 1. 2012, requires that all school districts have an RTI Program in place as part of the process to determine if a student in grades K-4 is a student with a learning disability.

       Response to Intervention Process

    •  Universal screening is provided for all students.
    • Screening is an assessment that measures a student’s skills, in relation to his/her grade level. Screenings are to be conducted three times per year. This helps schools identify students who are considered at-risk of not meeting NYS standards.


    • All students receive appropriate instruction.
    • Appropriate instruction means that the methods and materials a teacher uses are based on research showing that most students will be successful if taught in this manner.

    • Additional instructional support is provided for students, based upon screening and ongoing measurement of progress
    • Tier 1: The RTI process begins with the classroom teacher providing appropriate instruction to all students in the general education classroom. Instruction is differentiated and Tier 1 interventions are provided by the classroom teacher to students who are just below the district cutoff for AIS. 

      Tier 2: Students identified through screening as needing additional instructional support, receive assistance through an AIS targeted intervention designed to meet their needs. Targeted intervention is provided with increasingly intense tiers (levels) of support. Increased intensity can mean more time, smaller groups and/or more instruction focused on the specific areas. 

      Intervention is in addition to regular classroom instruction and may be provided within the classroom or in a separate room. Tier 2 intervention means that a student is:

      • taught in a small group
      • receiving additional instruction time and/or taught using various instructional methods 

      Tier 3:  For students who are still not progressing with Tier 2 interventions, a Tier 3 intervention may be provided. Instruction at this level may be more frequent, smaller group and/or for a longer period of time than that provided in Tiers 1 or 2. Tier 3 will utilize small group interventions and scientific research based core instruction programs, which focus specifically on skills with which the student may be having difficulty.

    • Progress Monitoring: In all tiers, a student’s progress will be monitored regularly to see if the intervention is meeting the targeted needs. Progress is monitored and documented regularly and records are kept in each building and on a district-wide database for all students that are eligible for AIS. Reassessment is done using multiple sources listed in the criteria section of the plan. The evidence will be used to determine when the student’s progress warrants a student being monitored, provided with services or dismissed from AIS.   Students should be re-assessed approximately every four to eight weeks. If services are no longer warranted, parents/guardians will be notified in writing by the building principal that the student is no longer eligible for AIS as per New York State mandates and/or district policy.  

    •  Parent Notification: The parents/guardians of a student that has been determined to need Tier 2 or 3 interventions will be notified in writing by the principal of the student’s school. The notice is in English and translated, when appropriate, into the native language of the parents/guardians. The notice includes a summary of AIS to be provided to the student, the reasons the student needs the services and the criteria used to determine the need. Parents/guardians will also be notified in writing that AIS for his or her child will be discontinued. Such notice must include the reason for ending the service.  
    • There is ongoing communication with Valley Central parents/guardians in the following ways:

      • Parent-teacher conferences, for all students K-12, are scheduled annually prior to the Thanksgiving break in November.  Parents are invited to meet with the Academic Intervention Services teachers as well as classroom teachers to discuss student progress.  Parents may call to arrange a parent-teacher meeting at any time during the year and are encouraged to do so.
      • Parents of students participating in the Academic Intervention Services Program are provided with progress reports for their children every ten weeks or upon commencement of the quarter.  
      • Parents may call teachers to arrange appointments at any time during the school year.  These meetings may be scheduled before school, during the school day, and/or after school depending upon the teacher’s and parent’s availability.  There are other options available for parents to consult with teachers. Contacts may be made by telephone and/or e-mail.  



      The intervention supports will be determined based on the needs of individual students; however district wide K-12 services could also include the following:

      Instructional Support Services

      Student Support Services

      Instructional Accommodations

      Counseling Services

      Differentiated Instruction

      Professional Collaboration

      Small Group Instruction

      Health Related Issues Support and Referral

      Computer Assisted Instruction

      Student Assistance Counselors

      Study Skills Support

      Guidance Counselors

      Co-teaching with Consultants

      Attendance Teacher Supports

      Parent/Team Conferences

      Discipline and Behavior Monitoring

      Summer School Programs


      Writing Center

      ADAC Too Good For Drugs Program


      Academic Intervention Services by Grade Level

      AIS may be provided at each grade level as listed below:  

      Grades K-5

    • Differentiated Tier 1 Supports
    • Monitoring
    • AIS Reading
    • AIS Math
    • Consultant Support
    • Response to Intervention strategies and monitoring
    • Professional Learning Communities
    • Student Assistance Counselor Support

      Academic Intervention Services by Grade Level


      Grades 6-8

    • ELA Support
    • Math Support
    • Study Skills
    • Consultant Support
    • Response to Intervention strategies and monitoring
    • Professional Learning Communities
    • Student Assistance Counselor Support


      Grades 9-12

    • AIS Classes
    • Evening High School
    • Post Session Periods
    • Guidance Counselors
    • Evening High School


      Personnel Providing AIS (Academic and/or Support)

      The following certified and qualified staff may provide AIS:

    • AIS Reading Teachers – K-12
    • Special Education Teachers K-12
    • ENL Teachers K-12
    • School Counselors 
    • Social Workers
    • Nurses
    • Psychologists

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