How did my child get selected for Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3?

    Tier Time

    **Tier Time is a 30 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.

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


    Tier 1-

    Any student that has benchmarked is placed in Tier 1. Benchmarked means your child met or exceeded basic grade level expectations for reading.  This group usually meets with the classroom teacher.  The gifted support teacher may also be involved in some of the classroom activities.

    This group continues to be monitored for growth in reading 3 times a year by the Reading Department.  If a student falls below the benchmark they would be offered support. 

    Tier 2-

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

    This group will receive additional daily support in language arts.  This student would work in a group of 6 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.

    This student’s progress in reading is monitored every 3-4 weeks.

    Tier 3-

    This student is struggling to meet the grade level benchmark despite 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 1:2.   These students have their progress monitored every other week and their progress is also reviewed during teacher data meetings.  

    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.