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What is an intervention?

The common definition of an intervention is “an action taken to improve a situation”. In the school system, an intervention is used to improve a specific area of a student’s educational skills. For our students at Bennet Elementary, interventions are data based, leveled, and individualized. The type of intervention selected for each student or group of students is based on each child’s need. Teachers evaluate classroom data, DIBELS reading data, MAPS testing data as well as other forms of data to decide which intervention is the best fit. Once an intervention is selected, data previously used as well as placement tests within the intervention help to decide what level will best support optimal student growth. During their interventions students keep track of their own progress via graphs and charts. This helps to foster motivation, provides the opportunity for students to measure their growth, and take ownership in the process. Students involved in the following programs may be participating in an intervention: Student Assistance Team (SAT), Title, RTI, or Special Education. Interventions are yet another level of support for our students at Bennet Elementary.