What Is Academic Intervention ?

  • Academic Intervention is a general education program which provides reading and math support geared toward increasing student achievement. 

    Children who participate are those students who, for a variety of reasons, have fallen behind their peers in achievement. The purpose of intervention is to help them catch up to grade level and succeed in the classroom. Students receive supplemental practice and instruction with a certificated teacher. Small groups or individuals meet for approx. 20 minutes, 2 or 4 times a week. The classroom is Room 221, across from the Sakai office, next to our library.

    Students meet during a Flex time, which does not impact core classroom instruction, specialists, or band. This Flex time is built into Sakai's schedule specifically for the purpose of providing students with intervention and enrichment.


    What are the goals?

    • To help each student acquire the automaticity needed to become a fluent reader or mathematician.
    • To supplement classroom instruction with practice in skills which will enable students to meet WA State Standards. 
    • To practice skills in a safe, friendly, fun, low-risk environment.
    • To develop a positive attitude and self-confidence by providing success. 
    • To foster the enjoyment of reading & math, and to make it relevant to students’ lives.


    What is the identification process?

    Every Sakai student is screened in the fall and in winter using the Fastbridge assessment program. Parents of students who do not meet the benchmark (per national percentile) in aReading or aMath are contacted with an invitation to participate in an intervention program. Results of the SBA state testing and classroom performance may also be considered.  Parents may choose to accept or decline the invitation.


    What will be learned?

    Reading: A structured literacy approach is used. Phonological awareness is emphasized and strategies for fluency are practiced. Activities are selected to build and strengthen vocabulary. Essential reading comprehension strategies are identified and practiced using a variety of guided reading texts, activities and games.

    Math: Students will review math skills using the Bridges Intervention curriculum. All students can make sense of math - some students just need more time, more opportunities and more support than others. We emphasize problem solving, the use of visual models and manipulatives, and a focus on developing fluency. Games and activities are used to practice math in a fun, low-risk environment.

    Intervention is practice and review. There is no new material being introduced, no formal testing, and no homework.


    How does a student exit the program?

    The intervention teacher and the classroom teacher regularly progress monitor students to ensure a successful progression through our curriculum. Students may be eligible to exit the program at any time during the year when assessments indicate that their skills and classroom performance show they no longer need additional instruction.


    What if this isn't a good fit for my child?

    Eligibility is based on assessment data, and a team of school professionals work together to determine which students might benefit from intervention. However, we understand that parents may have valid reasons for declining the opportunity, and/or screening data might not always accurately represent your child's needs or abilities. Please take into consideration all the variables (scheduling, classroom performance, self-esteem & confidence, test anxiety or performance, other supports already in place like at-home tutoring) in order to accept or decline. Please talk to your child's teacher. Your child's participation in the program is your decision. 

    Parents may opt-out of intervention using the opt-out form that will be attached to your notification email. We ask that you sign and return the form (via email is fine) if you wish to decline the opportunity.


    Who can I contact for more information?          

    Ruth Schmidt, Sakai Academic Intervention                                                 

    email: rschmidt@bisd303.org       

    Phone:   206-780-6521