Instructional Support Team
Given the risks of stigma, over-identification and misclassification,
the protection of the child’s rights and interests requires that every
possible avenue be explored to maximize the student’s access to an
appropriate general education.
The Instructional Support Team (IST) is a collaborative, problem-solving
effort by general education personnel in conjunction with special
education diagnostic personnel and parents. Before referring a student
for individual assessment and consideration for special education
eligibility, all schools are asked to make a systematic attempt to
determine whether satisfactory adjustment and progress can be achieved
in the general education curriculum.
Response to Intervention
A major concern for parents as well as teachers is how to help children
who experience difficulty learning in school. Everyone wants to see
their child excel, and it can be frustrating when a child falls behind
in learning to read, do math, or experiences behavioral difficulties
that impact success in the classroom. Children who have the most
difficulty are often referred for an evaluation to determine if they
need and qualify for special education services.
Response to Intervention (RTI) is an individual, comprehensive
student-centered assessment and intervention concept that focuses on a
problem-solving framework to identify and address the student’s
difficulties using effective, efficient instruction and targeted
interventions leading to improved achievement. The Office of Special
Services and Student Equity is working collaboratively with teachers,
administrators and support staff to:
increase competency in grade level content expectations for all students
address behavioral issues that frequently present barriers to successful academic achievement.
Children from birth through age 3 may be eligible for special education
services. The Early Intervention Program provides special education
instruction and ancillary services to infants and toddlers in both the
home and classroom setting. These services are available to children
residing in the Pontiac School District service area. Speech therapists
provide services for children from birth through age 3 who have
communication or hearing disorders.