The 3-Tier Model
Tier 1 – Core Instruction
The instruction that students receive in the general education classroom with their classroom teacher is called Tier 1 Core Instruction. It is expected that whole group instruction supplemented with differentiation within the classroom, should meet the needs of all students. Student mastery of the core curriculum will be monitored using universal screenings including state or district-wide assessments.
Tier 2 – Core Instruction & Targeted Interventions
Students not making adequate progress in Tier 1 are provided with more intensive services and interventions. These students continue to receive the core curriculum in addition to targeted interventions, generally delivered in small groups during the student’s regular school day in the regular classroom. Tier 2 instruction includes careful monitoring and charting of the progress each student is making.
Tier 3 – Core Instruction & Intensive Interventions
Students receive individualized, intensive interventions that target the student’s skill deficits. Progress is monitored and charted frequently to make sure the student is doing well and to help the teacher decide whether he or she needs to make changes in instruction. Students who do not respond to these targeted interventions could be considered for eligibility under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).