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1 Act 89 Program Eliza Vagni Director of Community Services

2 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

3 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

4 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

5 Act 89 is not... a special education program. a behavior management program.

6 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

7 Please remember… Program is most successful when students are seen on a consistent basis.

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 Students Exiting the Act 89 Program Communication/discussion with the classroom teacher, parent, principal, and Act 89 teacher is required.

12 How Can We Collaborate with You?

13 All Saints Academy Jamie Ostrowski jostrowski@iu19.org

14 St. Clare/St. Paul Marty Memolo mmemolo@iu19.org Cathy Keegan ckeegan@iu19.org

15 St. Stanislaus Ellen Dempsey edempsey@iu19.org Helen McMinn hmcminn@iu19.org

16 LaSalle Academy Jessica Kane jrkane@iu19.org Beth Kirchgessner bkirchgessner@iu19.org Ellen Dempsey edempsey@iu19.org Gina Tomassoni rtomassoni@iu19.org

17 Our Lady of Peace Amelia Pavlikowski apavlikowski@iu19.org Gina Tomassoni rtomassoni@iu19.org

18 Summit Christian Academy Helen McMinn hmcminn@iu19.org

19 Amelia Pavlikowski apavlikowski@iu19.org Cheryl Radkiewicz cradkiewicz@iu19.org Triboro Christian Academy

20 St. Mary’s of Mt. Carmel Cheryl Radkiewicz cradkiewicz@iu19.org Cathy Keegan ckeegan@iu19.org

21 Geneva School Cheryl Radkiewicz cradkiewicz@iu19.org Ellen Dempsey edempsey@iu19.org

22 Abington Christian Academy Helen McMinn hmcminn@iu19.org Jessica Kane jrkane@iu19.org

23 Scranton Hebrew Day School Gina Tomassoni rtomassoni@iu19.org


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