Presentation on theme: "Act 89 Program Eliza Vagni Director of Community Services."— Presentation transcript:
Act 89 Program Eliza Vagni Director of Community Services
Act 89 Program History Program began in the early 1970s Funded by the Commonwealth of PA and administered by local intermediate units Provides auxiliary services to non-public and private school students
IU 19 currently provides the following services under Act 89: Remedial support for reading and math School Counseling Services at both the elementary and high school levels Pre-Psychological Services and Pre-Referral Procedures Standardized achievement testing and scoring (in support of Act 89 programs) Licenses for Discovery Education Services Dibels screening for students in kindergarten through fifth grade Consultation
Eligibility Eligible students are Pennsylvania residents parentally- placed in qualifying nonprofit K-12 non-public schools on a full-time basis. The following students are not funded by Act 89 and, subsequently, are not eligible for non-public education services: Preschool students Home school students Students whose primary residence is outside of Pennsylvania Students for whom tuition is paid by the Commonwealth
Act 89 is not... a special education program. a behavior management program.
Referral for Remedial Services Teacher/Principal Recommendation Parent Request/Concern Act 89 Teacher Referral Result of Pre-Referral Process Meeting Screenings (Benchmark Screenings, Dibels, Diagnostic, Terra Nova, etc.) Classroom Teacher Benchmark Screenings Student Self-referral Previously enrolled students Doctor recommendation New Students/File Records
Please remember… Program is most successful when students are seen on a consistent basis.
We can... Provide remedial instruction in small groups or individually outside the regular classroom (not during whole group instruction of the subject being remediated) Push in (small groups, co-teach, etc.) Serve as a resource for teachers (strategies) Screen Utilize diagnostic assessments Monitor student progress Communicate with classroom teachers, principals, and parents
DIBELS Beginning and Advanced Decoding Surveys San Diego Quick Assessment Woodcock Reading Mastery Test Qualitative Reading Inventory Basic Reading Inventory Wilson Assessment of Decoding and Encoding Developmental Reading Assessment 2 Spelling Inventory Reading A-Z Key Math Screenings/Diagnostics
Characteristics of a Struggling Learner Unable to recall information Skips steps, words, lines Guesses at words/answers Low comprehension/ Unable to retell Unable to understand relationships between concepts, words, numbers Lack of fluency with reading and/or math facts Acting out / Visible frustration Insufficient decoding skills Lack of number sense
Students Exiting the Act 89 Program Communication/discussion with the classroom teacher, parent, principal, and Act 89 teacher is required.