AIS ( Academic Intervention Services) St. John's


“What is R.T.I.?  R.T.I. is a school process used to determine if a student is responding to classroom instruction and progressing as expected.  In an R.T.I. process, a student who is struggling receives additional instructional support provided by matching instruction to a student’s individual needs through a multi-tier instructional model.  Each level, also known as a tier, provides instruction with increased intensity such as smaller groups or instructional time focused on specific areas.  R.T.I. focuses on the early prevention of academic difficulty.”

Below you will find a link to the New York State Department of Education’s parent pamphlet on Response to Intervention (RTI).

The A.I.S. teacher provides additional instruction which supplements the instruction provided in the general curriculum and assists students in meeting the New York State learning standards.  When a classroom teacher identifies a specific need, the A.I.S. teacher supports her in helping to provide approaches that work with individual students.  The A.I.S. teacher provides instruction that is needed to support improved academic performance. 

The A.I.S. teacher strives to meet a student's needs through individual and/or small group instruction. Students may be “pulled-out” of the classroom and provided reinforcement of skills through collaboration with the classroom  teacher. Multiple learning styles are addressed through the use of appropriate teaching techniques. 

The A.I.S. teacher may  also "push-in".  The A.I.S. teacher goes into the classroom to observe work habits or skill levels, and helps with special projects or writing assignments.  This provides extra support to the struggling student by reinforcing the classroom teacher's instruction on a more individualized level.  The A.I.S. teacher also  provides interventions identified in the R.T.I. model for that student in the classroom. 

For the individual student who may have learning needs, data is collected and progress is monitored.  If necessary a new intervention plan is put in place for that student.   


 How are students referred for A.I.S. in the R.T.I. model?

All students’ progress is monitored throughout the school year.  R.T.I. can support students who struggle before they fall too far behind.  A student is generally referred for A.I.S. by their teacher when there is a concern that the student has a specific need or due to the lack of progress toward state standards. Criteria are based on several different forms of evaluation and documentation.    

Additionally, the A.I.S. teacher is responsible for the following: 

·        Management of I.E.P. (Individual Education Plans) and 504 Plans

·        Communication with other staff members and administration

·        Attending C.S.E. (Committee on Special Education) meetings at the district level

·         Support to students, parents, and teachers

Parents are an integral part of ensuring their child's success. There are many ways to assist your child:

-Check your child's homework nightly

-Be aware of long-term assignments

- Contact me with any questions or concerns:

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