Academic Intervention Services

An Informational Guide for Parents of AIS Students

New York State mandates that the School District offer services to any student that fails to reach the NYS Standards on NYS Assessments in English language arts, math, science, and social studies and/or the NYS Regents Exams. 

Please read the questions and answers below to learn about AIS program.  For any further information, please contact the Office of the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, at 497-4000, ext. 27021, or use the email contact form

 


Questions
1)  What is AIS?
2)  What is the purpose of AIS?
3)  What determines a student’s need for AIS services?
4)  What is AIS Reading?
5)  What is AIS Mathematics?
6)  What is AIS Social Studies?
7)  What is AIS Science?
8)  What is ESL?
9)  What is the purpose of ESL?
10)  What determines a student's need for ESL services?
11)  As a parents, how will I be notified of my child's involvement in the AIS program?
12)  How does a student receive AIS services?
13)  How does the pull-out program work at the elementary level?
14)  How does the AIS program work at the secondary level?
15)  What are the qualifications of an AIS teacher?
16)  What are the qualifications of an ESL teacher?
 
Answers
1)  Q What is AIS?
A

AIS stands for Academic Intervention Services. These services are designed to help students achieve learning standards in grades K-12. Instructional services in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, social studies, and/or science are provided in addition to the instruction provided in the regular classroom. The services of the AIS program are aligned with the New York State Standards and are congruent with those of the regular classroom. In addition, student support services are also provided as needed in order to address barriers to improved academic success.

2)  Q What is the purpose of AIS?
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AIS is a program that provides services to students that are at risk of not achieving the State Standards in ELA, mathematics, social studies, and/or science, or that have been identified, through one or more New York State Assessments, as not having achieved the State Standards. The program provides these students with a supplemental instructional program that offers additional student support in order to bridge the gap in achieving the State Standards.
3)  Q What determines a student’s need for AIS services?
A
In grades K-1 students’ abilities are reviewed and services are provided as a preventative measure. The goal of the program at this stage is to provide students, who may not be able to reach the standards on their own, the skills that will help them to do so in the future.

In grades 2– 12 students’ results on the New York State Assessments or local assessments determine whether or not they receive AIS services. Students receiving a score lower than three qualify for AIS in the corresponding subject area.

Also, a student’s score on the New York State Assessments will determine their exit from the AIS program. A student scoring a three or higher would no longer receive services.
4)  Q What is AIS Reading?
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AIS Reading, at the elementary level, is instruction geared toward reading readiness skills, such as phonics, phonemic awareness, alphabet, fluency, and sight words. AIS Reading, at the secondary level, is instruction designed to work on a student’s weaknesses in the language arts classroom. A variety of diagnostic tests are administered by the AIS teacher in order to identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses. Students practice reading and writing skills based on their varying needs. This includes skills which students need to be successful in their English/ELA classes. A typical day includes silent reading, a mini lesson, and practicing different reading skills and writing activities individually and/or in group work.
5)  Q What is AIS Mathematics?
A
AIS Mathematics is instruction designed to work on a student’s weaknesses in the mathematics classroom. The goals of the AIS mathematics teacher are to identify and strengthen the student’s weakness in mathematics and to help the student be successful in their regular mathematics classroom. The teacher also helps to prepare the student for the New York State Assessment given each year. The AIS teacher uses manipulatives and/or games to reinforce basic skills and concepts, and computer software to introduce and practice skills. In addition students also review and practice problem solving strategies and use real life situations that require the use of math skills, such as calculating sales tax, tip, interest, etc.
6)  Q What is AIS Social Studies?
A
Students in AIS Social Studies are identified for service by the New York State Social Studies Assessment given in grades 5 and 8. At the elementary and middle school levels, students learn and practice content reading skills and strategies which they need to be successful in the social studies content area.
7)  Q What is AIS Science?
A
Students in AIS Science are identified for service by the New York State Science Performance Assessment given in grades 4 and 8. At the elementary and middle school levels, students learn and practice content reading skills and strategies which they need to be successful in the science content area.
8)  Q What is ESL?
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ESL stands for English as a Second Language. ESL is a service provided to students in K-12 whose first language is not English and who are not able to meet the standards because of their lack of English and its applications. Instructional services in English language arts, and its basis in mathematics, social studies, and science are provided in addition to the instruction provided in the regular classroom. The services of the ESL program are aligned with the New York State Standards and are congruent with those of the regular classroom. In addition, student support services are also provided as needed in order to address barriers to improved academic success.
9)  Q What is the purpose of ESL?
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ESL is a program that provides English Language Arts services, as well as reinforcement of curriculum content, to students that are at risk of not achieving the State Standards in ELA, mathematics, social studies, and/or science, because of their lack of English language skills. ESL allows the students to work in a regular classroom setting, while also having the opportunity for reinforcement in the ESL classroom. The program provides these students with a supplemental instructional program that offers additional student support in order to bridge the gap in achieving the State Standards.
10)  Q What determines a student's need for ESL services?
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Students entering the District for the first time are required to complete a home language questionnaire, which indicates which language(s) are spoken at home. If the information on this questionnaire indicates that the student speaks any other language at home other than English, the student is then tested using the Language Assessment Battery-Revised (LAB-R). The results of the LAB-R indicate whether or not the student needs ESL services, and if so, how much service time is required as outlined by New York State.

All ESL students are required to take the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in the spring of each school year. The results of the NYSESLAT determine if a student continues to need services, or if a student’s service time needs to be adjusted.
11)  Q As a parents, how will I be notified of my child's involvement in the AIS program?
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As part of the AIS program, parents receive letters and reports that keep them informed about their child’s involvement in the AIS program. Parents are informed about a child’s entrance or exit from an AIS program through the use of a letter that indicates to the parents what the student’s status is. Parents of students who are in program will receive a quarterly report from the AIS teacher that outlines the student’s progress for that quarter, as well as indicating what skill areas the child has worked on.

In addition parents also have the right to meet with the AIS teacher for conferences at a mutually agreed time. Parents are given the opportunity to meet the teachers and learn about the program through the open houses held at each building in the fall, and at the district-wide AIS meeting held once a year in the spring.
12)  Q How does a student receive AIS services?
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If it is determined that a student needs AIS services, they will be provided to the student during the regular school day. The least amount of interruption to the student’s regular classroom instruction is considered when services are being scheduled. The AIS program provides its services using a pull-out method of instruction.
13)  Q How does the pull-out program work at the elementary level?
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At the elementary level, students are seen by AIS teachers as part of the regular school day. The students are scheduled in small groups and are taken from the classroom at their scheduled time. The classroom environment and the activities for which a student is not present are taken into consideration when creating schedules and when determining when to take a child for AIS services. A student is never scheduled during lunch, physical education, or recess.
14)  Q How does the AIS program work at the secondary level?
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At the secondary level, students are seen by AIS teachers as part of the regular school day. The students are seen in small groups, and the AIS services are scheduled as one or more of their periods of instruction for the day. Students are not pulled from a regular content class in order to receive AIS instruction. A student is never scheduled for services during lunch, music, art, or recess.
15)  Q What are the qualifications of an AIS teacher?
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All of the AIS teachers who work with ELA students are certified reading teachers. At the elementary level, AIS teachers working with students in AIS math, science or social studies are certified elementary teachers or certified reading teachers. At the secondary level, AIS teachers working with students in AIS math, science or social studies are certified in the area they service. Each of these teachers is trained in administering tests in their service areas which assist them in determining the individual needs of each student.

These teachers work closely with classroom teachers in order to assist students with class related materials and projects and to keep the communication between the students, teachers, and themselves open and effective.
16)  Q What are the qualifications of an ESL teacher?
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All teachers working with ESL students are New York State certified in English as a Second Language. The teachers working in this field are trained in modifying materials, as well as curriculum content in order to appropriately meet the needs of ESL students. ESL certified teachers are trained in administering the LAB-R and the NYSESLAT, which are given to all ESL students. In addition, these teachers are trained in working with students from various cultures and backgrounds.

These teachers work closely with classroom teachers in order to assist students with class related materials and projects and to keep the communication between the students, teachers, and themselves open and effective.