Tier 2 Students at this tier are identified as struggling even when receiving high quality core instruction and are in need of an additional layer of support. Tier 2 interventions are typically implemented in small group settings, based on a similar need identified through assessment. Approximately 10-15% of students should fall in this range.
What is tier 2 support?
Tier 2 practices and systems provide targeted support for students who are not successful with tier 1 supports alone. The focus is on supporting students with a common skill need who are at risk for developing more serious academic, behavioral, social and emotional needs. Specific tier 2 interventions include practices such as social skills groups, behavior and academic supports.
Tier 2 interventions are often provided within the classroom by the classroom teacher using small group instruction or a station rotation type model. These interventions occur about 2-3 times per week and are often short-term (6-8 weeks). The students are progress monitored to see how they are responding to the intervention.
Targeted interventions, when implemented with fidelity, are likely to demonstrate positive effects especially when they are in alignment with core instruction. Teams responsible for this level of support can be grade-level teams, targeted teams, or EWS teams. Members should monitor student progress in intervention to decide if the intervention should be scaled up or down.
Criteria for tier 2 interventions are:
Accessible within 72 hours of identification
Low effort by teachers
Aligned with Warwick's Vision of a Graduate
Implemented by all staff/faculty in a school
Flexible and based on assessment
Focus on function/root cause
Allocated adequate resources