• Academic Intervention Services (AIS)

    The New York State Education Department requires that we develop and communicate the process for determining which students receive Academic Intervention Services (AIS) in mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) as a result of the NYS grades 3-8 assessments. Academic Intervention Services (AIS) are supplemental instruction and/or student support services intended to assist students in meeting the expectations of the Common Core Learning Standards. This additional support or instruction is intended to address barriers to improved academic performance, assist students who are at risk of not meeting standards in English Language Arts, mathematics, science and/or social studies in grades K-12 and assist students who have not met designated performance levels in English Language Arts, mathematics, science and/or social studies. Students are identified for AIS services through a two-step process. First, any student that receives a scale score below the median Level 2 (Partially Proficient) and Level 3 (Proficient) on either the mathematics or the ELA assessment will be considered initially eligible. Please see the chart below for this “cut score” by grade level and subject area.

    This link provides the median scale scores for the purpose of identifying students to receive AIS

    If your child falls below this scale score, they will move on to phase two of this process. Each building has an established a study team, Elmentary Study Team (EST) at PQ and Child Study Team (CST) at the MS/HS that applies Response to Intervention (RtI). RtI is a school-wide, data-driven prevention system designed to maximize academic and behavioral instruction and intervention for children. This team meets regularly to determine appropriate interventions based upon student need. If your child is considered initially eligible based on their NYS ELA or mathematics assessment score, they will be referred to the EST or CST. At this stage, the team of professionals will examine additional data to determine whether intervention is needed, and if so, what resources will be utilized. A NYS RtI parent site describes the structure for determining levels of interventions. The criteria used is as follows:

    All students performing below the median scale score between levels 2 and 3 are identified as eligible (see chart above for that score).

    Once a student is identified as eligible, local measures will then be examined to determine the necessity and/or appropriateness of AIS support:

    At PQ Elementary, a combination of the following measures will be utilized: Renaissance STAR Reading, Renaissance STAR Math, Group Mathematics Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation-GMADE, Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation-GRADE and New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (if applicable). 

    Students who score below the median scale score on the NYS ELA or NYS Math assessments are tested using STAR Reading or STAR Math

    Students who score below the 35th Percentile on STAR Reading or STAR Math are tested using GRADE or GMADE.

    Students who score below the 30th Percentile on GMADE or GRADE receive AIS

    • Students below the 14th Percentile receive urgent intervention. 

    • Students below between the 15th and 29th Percentile receive intervention.

    • Students between the 30th and 39th Percentile are on watch

    • Students at or above the 40th Percentile are at or above benchmark.

    • Students at or above the 85th Percentile are significantly above benchmark.

    At North Salem MS, a combination of the following measures will be utilized: In-class assessments, STAR Reading, STAR Math, and New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (if applicable).

    Students who score below the median scale score on the NYS ELA or NYS Math assessments 

    Students whose in-class testing average is below a 65% average 

    Students who score below the 30th Percentile on STAR Reading or STAR Math receive AIS

    • Students below the 14th Percentile receive urgent intervention.

    • Students below between the 15th and 29th Percentile receive intervention.

    • Students between the 30th and 39th Percentile are on watch

    • Students at or above the 40th Percentile are at or above benchmark.

    • Students at or above the 85th Percentile are significantly above benchmark.

    A link to the memo from the NYS Education Department can be found here.

    If you have any questions about AIS, CST, EST, or RtI, please do not hesitate to contact Mary Johnson, Principal at PQ, Vince DiGrandi, Principal at the MS/HS or Julio Vazquez, Director of Instruction and Human Resources.