• The Problem Solving Process


    In addition to a strong Core Curriculum in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Emotional Learning/Character Education, South School uses the problem-solving method to develop individualized interventions when a student's performance in any area is of concern. Every classroom team has a minimum of two problem-solving meetings per month, and follow-up meetings are scheduled as needed. The Problem Solving Method consists of the following steps:

    • Is there a problem and what is it?
    • Why is the problem happening?
    • What can be done about the problem?
    • Did the intervention work?

    The educational team uses available data (such as observation, interviews, record review of standardized norm-referenced tests, functional behavioral assessment, curriculum-based measurement, ecological or environmental assessment, technology enhanced assessment, and progress monitoring) to analyze the concern, develop appropriate interventions and to determine the effectiveness of the intervention.

  • Response to Intervention (RTI) Model is utilized to address the academic, behavioral and emotional needs of students. Students are screened at least yearly in math, reading and social-emotional functioning. Based upon data, students who are behind expectations in any area are either assigned to Tier 2 interventions or Problem-Solved by their educational team to determine appropriate Tier 3 individual interventions. Students receiving Tier 2 or 3 interventions have specific progress monitoring data gathered and analyzed by the team to determine the effectiveness of the intervention and to modify the intervention to increase its effectiveness.

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