The focus of Tier 1 is on improving core classroom instruction in academics and behavior that ALL students receive. Tier 1 instruction is designed to address the needs of the majority of a school’s students. Skills are taught using explicit instruction of skills and strategies along with differentiated instruction to meet the diverse needs of students.
Tier 2 provides small group academic and behavior interventions for students not making adequate progress in the core curriculum. Students in Tier 2 receive increasingly intensive academic or behavior instruction matched to their needs based on results of continuous progress monitoring. Instruction in Tier 2 typically involves small groups of students focused on the targeted area/s of deficit.
Tier 3 is a progression of Tier 2 if previous interventions did not show adequate progress. Tier 3 provides individualized intervention, ideally in a one-on-one setting. Tier 3 interventions are more intensive to target the student’s academic or behavioral skill deficits for remediation of existing problems and the student’s progress is monitored more frequently.