Strategies for Student Success

Strategies for Student Success--An Overview

MSD of Southwest Allen County has developed a conceptual framework, "Strategies for Student Success," to help our district achieve its "wildly important goal" of ensuring that all students learn, improve, and graduate with the skills and knowledge to be successful in their next transition. This multi-tiered system of prevention, intervention, and specialized service is a collaborative problem-solving approach that draws upon the knowledge, skills, and services of general and special education personnel.

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Education Act (IDEIA), as well as Indiana's mandate for High Ability Identification and Services, K-12 (2007) have shared expectations of:

  • enhanced communication with parents,
  • implementation of scientifically based curriculum and instruction,
  • effective use of resources based on student performance and student needs, and
  • accountability for improved educational results of all students.

To be in compliance with these state and federal laws our district will be using the "Strategies for Student Success" framework to enhance achievement for all students.

What is "Strategies for Student Success?"

"Strategies for Student Success" is a framework to align practices with the mission of learning for everyone. It will help us to define:

  • "How will we respond in our schools when students aren't learning?"
  • "How will we respond if students learn more?"

"Strategies for Student Success" involves "progress monitoring" and then provides layers of more and more intensive strategies and interventions so that students can be successful and make progress in their learning. This proactive approach does not wait until students have large gaps in their learning that are almost too great to overcome. Neither does it allow high achieving students to languish in a curriculum that is not challenging to them. This approach focuses on determining when students are struggling and providing strategic interventions to help them improve in their areas of need; it also documents students' strengths and provides additional challenges in a variety of ways for students who are high achieving.