National Blue Ribbon School Principal Louis Cuglietto and Assistant Principal Judy Diaz of John F. Kennedy Magnet School in Port Chester, NY (2010 NBRS) delivered a presentation at a conference sponsored by the National Forum on Education Statistics on July 18th in Washington, DC.
Cuglietto and Diaz spoke on “Using Longitudinal Data through RTI and Data Team Processes to Inform Instruction and Support Services.” The Forum conference, titled “Discovering through Data,” tapped the JFK Magnet leaders to share their school’s innovative Response to Intervention (RTI) processes. The JFK RTI process supports student needs and reduces the number of students referred to the district Committee on Special Education.
JFK began using tiered interventions in 2006. School and teacher leaders developed internal data collection forms to capture key data, augmented by state assessment data, to determine students’ academic achievements and needs. They also restructured instructional support teams and provided a forum for sharing data and setting and assessing goals.
What sets her school apart, says Assistant Principal Diaz, is that JFK provides all instructional supports and interventions, in and outside of the classroom, at every tier in two languages.
Grade-level interventionists—each grade has at least one, if not two interventionists—and classroom teachers converge during grade-level RTI blocks to provide support, from interventions to enrichment, to flexible student groups.
The National Forum on Education Statistics conference was sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics and the US Department of Education. Its purpose is to improve the quality and use of education data and to produce best practice guides and other resources for the education community.