How did my child get included in Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3?

    Tier Time

    **Tier Time is a 30 to 40 minute language arts instructional period that happens every day, for every student.


    In late September, January and May, every student in the building is assessed with grade level appropriate assessments in language arts.

    Grade level teams of teachers meet together and review each student’s data and recommend group placements.  These placements are flexible. 

    In kindergarten we are even more flexible becuase at the beginning literacy levels students grow and develop so quickly!  


    Tier 1-

    Any student who has benchmarked on the district reading assessments is considered a Tier 1 student. Benchmarked means your child met or exceeded basic grade level expectations for reading.  This group meets with their classroom teacher.  This group continues to be formally monitored for growth in reading 3 times a year by the Reading Department.  If a student falls below the benchmark at any point in the school year they would be offered support. 

    Tier 2-

    Any student who came close to the benchmark expectation is placed in a Tier 2 small group.

    This group will receive additional daily support in language arts.  This student would work in a group of 5 or less and receive additional reading instruction during the Tier Time period.  This student may work with a reading instructional aide, who has been trained to provide additional support, the Intervention Specialist or the Reading Specialist.  Students attending Tier 2 reading groups do not miss new instruction in their homeroom classes.

    This student’s progress in reading is monitored every 2-3 weeks.

    Tier 3-

    This student is struggling to meet the grade level benchmark despite classroom instruction and Tier 2 support.  This student will receive an additional period of support 3-5 times a week depending on the need.  This student will work with the Reading Specialist or the Intervention Specialist. The student/teacher ratio could be 1:1 or up to 1:3.   These students have their progress monitored weekly and their progress is also reviewed during teacher data meetings held each Wednesday afternoon.  

    Parents are informed if their child would be offered Tier 2 or Tier 3 support.  Parents are also informed if their child changes Tier levels during the school year.