The Problem Solving Process
In addition to a strong Core Curriculum in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Emotional Learning/Character Education, Gages Lake 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.