This year and as in prior years since 2012, P.S. 222 has instituted an RtI (Response to Intervention) Program. RtI is an approach that schools throughout the country use to help all students meet academic benchmarks. Schools determine the benchmark of each student by administering school-wide literacy screenings using Acadience Reading. Acadience Reading is an assessment tool teachers use to identify children at risk for reading difficulties in an effort to determine the skills to target for instructional support. The children who need this additional support in the area of literacy are asked to attend our RtI Program which meets Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week. During this time of day, an additional teacher is in attendance in the classroom conducting a shared reading lesson with the rest of the class.
The classroom teacher reviews the Acadience assessments and determines if the student would benefit by being included in this program. This program consists of small group instruction targeting specific literacy skills. The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention Program, a research-based curriculum, is used for the implementation of the RtI Program. This program also includes consumable materials that go home with the child so that he or she can continue to practice the needed skills. Parents are asked to consistently have their children read the stories that the students bring home with them.