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.