How to Create an Intervention

Interventions Tab

Use the Interventions tab (Deluxe only) to log what specific instructional interventions are being provided to students. The Interventions interface is based on templates and then applied to groups of students or individual students.

Click on the Intervention tab. In the Instructional Interventions box, click on the green Create Template button.

This opens the intervention wizard, where you are directed to provide information about the Intervention. On the first screen, enter a short but descriptive label (this will be plotted on the Individual Student time series graphs), select the subject area (reading, math, or Spanish), and add a brief description of the intervention in the Description section. Then, click “Next” to advance to the next screen.

On the next screen, enter which tier of instruction is being provided, select the student-teacher ratio, and indicate the duration and frequency with which the intervention is being provided

On the following screen, select the curriculum being provided. The list of curriculum is subject- specific (in other words, if “Reading” was selected on the prior screen, then the list will only include published Reading Curricula. If “Math” was selected, then math curricula are displayed instead). Hovering over the icon (or tapping, on mobile devices) displays information about each of the listed curriculum, including publisher and grade range recommended by the publisher. If the curriculum being used is not on the list, enter the curriculum name into the ‘Add new curriculum’ text box and then click on the green “+” button (or press the Enter key) to add a custom curriculum to the list of options

On the next screen, select the instructional strategies being provided. The list of strategies comes from the What Works Clearinghouse’s analysis of instructional strategies with some scientific evidence of effectiveness. Unlike the curricula, strategies are intended to be equally applicable across subject areas.

Hovering over the icon (or tapping, on mobile devices) displays information about each of the listed strategies, including a brief description of what the strategy involves as well as information about the level of evidence of effectiveness as reported by the What Works Clearinghouse.

If the strategy being used is not on the list, enter the strategy name into the ‘Add new curriculum’ text box and then click on the green “+”button (or press the Enter key) to add a custom strategy to the list of options

Once the green ‘Create’ button is clicked, the template will be created and you will be presented with the final screet. Here you can either “Close” the wizard or “Apply” the template to groups or individual students.

Now apply a template to groups or individual students, and indicate the date (lower left hand corner of the screen) on which the intervention has or will begin (defaulting to the current day).

Once a template has been applied, a log of the interventions is displayed under the templates themselves. Selecting a student name from the list on the left opens all interventions in that student’s records. All currently active interventions are shown first, with the most recently- added at the top of the page. Any de-activated interventions (those that a student is no longer receiving but did receive at some point in the past) appear at the bottom of the list, with a line through the name of the intervention.

To edit or deactivate an intervention, click the gear button in the upper right corner to open the dropdown menu, and select the desired action to perform. This is the same process one uses to apply an intervention again, after it has previously been deactivated. Simply click the gear button, and select “Apply Intervention” from the dropdown menu.

Once the intervention has been applied, it then becomes editable and enables the logging of notes to track intervention progress. The Notes section can be found at the bottom of each intervention To add a note to an intervention, simply enter the note into the “Add a note” text box, and click the green ‘”+” button (or press the Enter key), and the note (with timestamp) will be logged. Clicking the red “+” to the right of a note will prompt the user to confirm deletion of the note

Changing Interventions

An important part of RTI is ensuring accurate records of interventions being provided. When one or more parts of an intervention are changed (for instance, moving the student to a smaller group for instruction, increasing the duration or frequency of the intervention, or changing curricula or instructional strategies), this change should be noted in the records. To make this happen, first deactivate the original intervention (logging the date on which it was changed) and then apply the intervention to the student again, with the new date, then edit the newly-applied intervention to alter the name and the specific details that were changed.

If there are so many changes that it would be easier to simply enter a new intervention, that is also an option, of course. Either way, the new or edited intervention will be plotted on the Individual student progress monitoring graphs once it has been applied.

Exiting Interventions

To end an intervention, simply select “Deactivate” from the intervention dropdown menu. The date on which the intervention was deactivated is automatically logged into the system as an “end date” on the intervention log.

Note : The intervention information appears on the students' individual reports once there is data there to create a report (but not until then). So. in order for the you to see the intervention lines you first have to administer some tests. (and for the lines to show up on the graph, the first assessment has to take place within two weeks of the intervention being applied, otherwise, the intervention line will be "off the chart" to the left of the graph being displayed in the report. If more than 2 weeks has elapsed, you can go in and adjust the date for when the intervention was applied so it doesn't "fall off" the side of the graph.

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