Academic Support

Bryn Mawr Elementary School utilizes a Multi-Tiered System of Support to address the learning and social/ emotional/behavioral needs of all students. The primary focus of all learning and teaching is on Tier I students, that is, a focus on strong core instruction in order to meet the learning needs of all  students. (All students are Tier I students first.) This involves using research-based curriculum and instruction to teach all students and regularly using data and progress monitoring to inform decisions.

Currently at Bryn Mawr, the three tiers of support include:

Tier 1—Instruction for All Students

  • Assessed periodically in reading (BAS) and mathematics (classroom-based assessments & CGI)
  • For social/emotional/behavioral needs, all students engage in core curriculum including Positive Discipline (primary) and Second Step (supplemental). School-wide student behavioral data is reviewed monthly to monitor progress and inform necessary changes to systems across the building.

Tier 2—Instruction for Small Groups of Students

  • Targeted instruction in reading (Fountas & Pinell Leveled Literacy Intervention [LLI]) and mathematics (differentiated support during workshop)
  • Assessed regularly in reading, mathematics and other areas to monitor progress and ensure responsive instruction
  • To address the social/emotional/behavioral needs at the Tier 2 level, individual plans are created for students in collaboration with students’ families.
  • Student behavioral data is analyzed on a daily, weekly, and/or monthly basis to monitor progress and inform programming decisions for the student.

Tier 3—Instruction for Individual Students

  • Individualized plans for students
  • Assessed regularly in reading, mathematics, and other areas to monitor progress and ensure responsive instruction and ongoing validity of plan
  • To address the social/emotional/behavioral needs at the Tier 3 level, individual plans are created for students in collaboration with students’ families.
  • Student behavioral data is analyzed on a daily, weekly, and/or monthly basis to monitor progress and inform programming decisions for the student.

 *English Language Learners and students with IEPs are supported throughout these tiers.