Essential Skills

Essential Skills Identification Process

We administer the Aimsweb Universal Screener three times a year for all students. This tool is used throughout the year to monitor student progress for students receiving Essential Skills/Intervention Services. Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment, which measures reading decoding and comprehension skills of reading fiction and non-fiction texts, is also administered three times a year. Throughout the year, teachers administer formal and informal assessments based on grade level curricula. All of these assessments are used to identify student needs. Essential Skills services are offered in 6-8 week intervals. Progress monitoring tools are used to determine beginning and discontinuation of services.

Areas for Identification:

  • early literacy and numeracy skills (K-1)
  • reading comprehension, vocabulary, and reading fluency (2-6)
  • number comparison, mental computation fluency, math concepts and applications (2-6)

Through collaboration with the classroom teacher, areas of weakness for individual students are identified.  Next, an instructional program to address individual student’s needs is implemented.

Research Based Interventions

  • Fundations Intervention Materials (K-3)
  • Flyleaf Emergent Reader Series (1-2)
  • QuickReads Fluency Program (2-6)
  • REWARDS  Multisyllabic Word Program (4-6)
  • LEXIA computer-based individualized instruction (K-5)
  • Developing Number Concepts (K-3)
  • Everyday Mathematics Intervention Materials (1-6)
  • Symphony Math computer-based individualized instruction (K-6)