• Frequently Asked Questions About Tier Time

    1. What will my child be missing during tier time?

    Tier Time occurs during the grade level's Tier Time. During this time, the remaining students are also participating in Tier Time at their grade level. 

          2. How was my child chosen to receive reading support services?

    All students are assessed using DIBELS, which stands for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills. This assessment contains various tests that are given for one minute each. If a student's performance on DIBELS indicates a possible risk of difficulty in some area of reading, the classroom teacher and reading team will decide whether that child would benefit from reading support. The DIBELS assessment is given 3 times a year. If a student appears to have difficulty with reading mid-year, he or she would be added to reading support at that time.

    Parents will receive a letter indicating that their child is receiving reading support.

          3. What will my child be doing in reading support?

    Your child will work in a small group setting with someone from the reading team using a variety of research-based programs that are tailored to meet each student's specific needs. 

          4. How is student progress monitored? 

    Students in reading support are progress monitored every 2-3 weeks. 

          5. How can my child exit from reading support?

    If, over time, a student consistently demonstrates that he or she has progressed enough to be performing satisfactorily for the grade, the classroom teacher will be contacted to ensure that the student is also showing progress in the classroom. A parent will receive a letter indicating that their child has exited reading support.

          6. How can I help at home?

    Read everyday with your child. Even as your children get older, continue reading aloud to them. As they become more proficient in their reading, have them read to you. Any kind of reading counts: magazines, recipes, comic books etc.

    If your child is working on letters and sounds, provide fun ways to practice. Your child can write letters on the driveway with sidewalk chalk, use magnetic letters, even write letters on a cookie sheet with shaving cream!