Shen Student Supports

Shenendehowa provides a vast array of services to meet the unique and varied needs of students as they progress through their K-12 educational program. The Shenendehowa Student Support Plan is designed to be flexible and responsive, recognizing that student needs are often complex and students may benefit from overlapping services at various points in their development.

Tier 1 (center of graphic below) represents the central role of a quality academic program for all students. Additional services are available to students based on needs.

Graphic for student support services

Academic Intervention Services (AIS)

New York State mandates that all public school districts offer Academic Intervention Services (AIS) to students falling behind in meeting the state standards. New York State has established specific levels for proficiency (cut scores) and students falling below these scores are eligible to receive AIS in the designated subject area.

Notification to Parents:
Parents of students in Title I schools have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teacher(s) who instruct their child. Parents may request:

  • Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
  • The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and
  • Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualification.

Parents interested in further information may contact the Shenendehowa Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at 518-881-0640.

Response to Intervention (RtI)

Response-to-Intervention is a process which includes the provision of systematic, research-based instruction and interventions to struggling learners. The instruction/interventions are matched to students’ specific skill deficits. Progress is closely monitored and changes in instruction are based on data collected from on-going assessment. Click here for an informational flyer on RtI (pdf)

What are the Potential Benefits of RtI?

  • RtI ensures a collaborative approach is used in addressing students’ diverse needs.
  • Parents are a vital part of the process.
  • RtI eliminates the “wait to fail” situation, because students get help promptly within the general education setting.
  • The RtI approach may help reduce the number of students referred for special education services while increasing the number of students who are successful within regular education.
  • RtI helps distinguish the root cause of achievement problems.
  • Response to Interventions use of progress monitoring provides more instructionally relevant information than traditional assessments.