A parent, or any teacher who is part of the student’s educational environment, may refer a student to IST.
Why is the student being referred to the IST?
The Methacton Instructional Support Team (IST ) was developed to assist those students who have been experiencing academic and/or behavioral difficulties, which impact their ability to learn. It is through this program that specific instructional strategies are developed and implemented in the regular classroom. These approaches are quantitatively monitored by a Methacton Instructional Support Specialist, so as to determine their level of effectiveness in fostering student success.
Who is on the Instructional Support Team?
The team includes the parents, classroom teacher, principal, counselor, psychologist, speech clinician, reading specialist, math specialist, special education representative, school nurse, special area representative and instructional support teacher.
What happens when the student is referred to the
Instructional Support Team?
The teacher will inform the parent(s) or guardian(s) that he or she has concerns about the student. Then, the Instructional Support Specialist will contact the parent(s) or guardian(s) regarding the student's strengths and concerns. Academic and behavioral data will be collected by the teachers and other staff who work with the student. They include:
Physical Education teacher
Instructional Support teacher
The Instructional Support Teacher will observe the student in the classroom, administer reading and math assessments and conduct a student interview. The Instructional Support Teacher will contact the parent(s) or guardian(s) to obtain your input regarding the child. She will also explain the IST process and answer any questions you may have.
Time Line for IST Process
At the Initial Meeting, the team will develop an Action Plan to include:
discussion of strengths / concerns
30-school-day measurable goal for the student
brainstorming strategies to support goal
scheduling a Follow-Up Meeting
There will then be a 30-school-day intervention period in which:
strategies will be implemented and strategies will be documented
quantitative data will be reported to IST specialist
a Goal Attainment Scale will be completed, reflecting the degree of student success
At the Follow-Up Meeting the following will presented and discussed:
Goal Attainment Scale
strategy outcomes and modifications
necessity for continued IST intervention
if IST continues, further action plans will be determined
if IST is not successful, other options may be discussed
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