• Response to Intervention:
    Response to Intervention (RTI) is the practice of providing high-quality instruction/intervention matched to students' needs by using learning rate over time and level of performance to make imporant educational decisions.  There are three tiers within RTI. 
    Tier 3 is the intensive level where students who do not respond to interventions at Tiers 1 and 2 are provided with more intensive interventions and progress monitoring. 
    Tier 2 is the strategic level where students who do not perform adequately at  core curriculum are considered "at risk" for academic failure.  Supplemental instruction is provided at this level.
    Tier 1 is the benchmark level where students receive instruction in an effective, scientifically based core curriculum.  Data on students at this level are collected at three times during the year (Fall, Winter, and Spring).
    The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are standardized, individually administered measures of early literacy development.  They are designed to be short fluency measures used to monitor the development of pre-reading and early reading skills.
    PSSA (3-11th Grade):
    PSSA stands for Pennsylvania System of School Assessment and is the standardized test given to students in 3rd, 5th, 8th and 11th grades throughout the state.  Third graders proficiency levels were provided in 2005 for the first time.  PSSA is a standards-based assessment and measures individual student growth.  It also measures if a student is proficient in math and reading.  Student results are reported as either advanced, proficient, basic or below basic. 
    Below are general descriptions of the performance level descriptors. Each grade level and subject has specific descriptions.
    • Below Basic - seldom demonstrates grade-level appropriate concepts/skills for a particular subject/task.
    • Basic - at times demonstrates some grade-level appropriate concepts/skills for a particular subject/task.
    • Proficient - routinely demonstrates a variety of grade-level appropriate concepts/skills for a particular subject/task.
    • Advanced - consistently demonstrates an in-depth understanding of the grade-level appropriate concepts/skills and uses sophisticated strategies to solve a task. 
Last Modified on August 26, 2021