Interventions & Support
The success of any proficiency-based learning system requires a robust system of interventions and academic support for students, particularly for those who display early-warning signs such as course failures, absences or behavioral issues. A well-designed intervention system, one that is informed by student data and other evidence-based strategies, can help educators deliver responsive and timely support to students who are struggling, while also increasing instructional collaboration and coordination among teachers and support specialists.
As students progress in their education and work to meet more demanding standards, teachers and other educators need to know what standards students have met, what standards they are working to demonstrate and what standards they appear to be struggling with.
The following resources will help schools design intervention and support systems for proficiency-based learning:
- Response to Intervention (RTI). The Maine DOE's RTI site provides resources for implementing proven RTI models.
- First Response: A Guide to Designing and Delivering Classroom Interventions. Developed by the Great Schools Partnership, this tool was created to help school leaders, teachers, paraprofessionals and support specialists reflect on and improve academic interventions in the classroom.
- Ninth Grade Counts: Strengthening the Transition into High School. Developed by the Great Schools Partnership, this tool was created to help schools diagnose systemic weaknesses in their ninth-grade programs and improve the practices they use to support students entering ninth grade, which includes the use of early warning systems to identify students who may struggle in high school.
- Global Best Practices, Dimension 2.5. Global Best Practices is an internationally benchmarked self-assessment tool for secondary schools. Dimension 2.5 addresses interventions and support.
- Early Warning System Resources. The National High School Center offers an overview of early warning systems and their implementation, along with tools for middle and high schools.