What is it?
A small percentage of students who do not make adequate progress with Tier 2 intervention may benefit from Tier 3’s more intensive, individualized intervention. Tier 3 intervention structure and delivery will vary based on a school’s characteristics and student needs. Typically, Tier 3 intervention is delivered by specialized personnel with expertise in designing and providing individualized interventions (e.g., a special education teacher, a reading specialist, etc.). Tier 3 instruction is:
- Focused on individualized goals, which may or may not be on grade level
- Guided by progress monitoring data
- More intense, often with longer or more frequent sessions
Interventions at Tier 3 are provided in addition to strong Tier 1 instruction, generally occur daily for 40-60 minutes, and the duration of the intervention may last semesters or even years depending on student need. Student progress monitoring data should be collected weekly and utilized to increase the intensity of the intervention and/or make decisions about the student’s progress towards academic goals, Tier 1 instruction, and their movement within tiered intervention.