Instructional Support with with Mrs. Woods and Mrs. Boyce
South Brunswick Township Instructional Support Program
What is the Instructional Support Program? The Instructional Support program is one in which individual students are identified to receive targeted services in reading, writing, and/or mathematics. Students are identified based upon multiple measures which can include performance on State tests such as NJASK, GEPA, or HSPA, district tests such as NJPASS, performance assessments, portfolio scores, teacher recommendation and/or classroom performance. 
What is the goal of the program? The aim of the South Brunswick Instructional Support Program is to accelerate the learning of a child in an area of deficiency so that “no child is left behind” in achieving academic proficiency.  The program is individualized and provides each child with the support that is necessary to achieve success.
What tests/assessments serve as the basis for determination of the need for basic skills?

(Note: A child may also receive services based on teacher identification.)

Grade 1:  Literacy Portfolio and End of Year Kindergarten Test
Grade 2:  Literacy Portfolio and End of Year 1st Grade Test
Grade 3:  Literacy Portfolio and NJPASS Math
Grade 4:  NJASK
Grade 5:  NJASK
Grades 6-8:  NJPASS
Grade 9:  GEPA
How are services delivered? Services may be delivered in a number of ways including the following:
  • in-class instruction delivered by the child’s classroom teacher,
  • in-class instruction provided by an additional teacher in the classroom,
  • pull-out instruction,
  • supplemental instruction during Encore (middle school),
  • in-class paraprofessional support,
  • one-on-one tutorial,
  • extended day (before or after school programs, homework clubs), 
  • and extended year programming (Summer Academies).
When will a parent be notified of a child’s placement into a Instructional Support program? Once assessment scores have been gathered and staff has undertaken an analysis of the data and looked at multiple measures, a parent receives a letter from the school indicating that the child has been identified for academic support in reading, writing, and/or math.  In the middle school these letters are sent home in the summer; in the elementary schools these letters are sent home in the fall.
What can a parent do to assist his/her child with reading, writing or math? Parents are invited to attend Parent Workshops which provide strategies for parents to use with their children in literacy and math. 
If a parent has a question or concern regarding the Instructional Support Program, what should he/she do? Questions should be directed to the school’s administration.
 
The Instructional Support Team

 

Mrs. Woods - Lori.Woods@sbschools.org
Mrs. Woods' Web Page

Mrs. Boyce - Kathleen.Boyce@sbschools.org
Mrs. Boyce's Webpage

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