Document Number: 5950Mandating Supplemental Intervention Services: Is New York State Doing Enough to Help All Students Succeed? - This study examines the content and implementation of New York state’s policy requiring Academic Intervention Services (AIS) to be provided to every student achieving below grade-level proficiency. Findings are reported on numerous areas, including how students were identified for program participation and exit, percentage of students participating, who staffs AIS programs, when and where AIS services were offered, and if/how AIS instructional strategies differed from regular classroom practices. The authors also analyzed whether specific practices were more or less common in wealthy communities, in higher-achieving districts or in districts posting greater performance gains since implementation of the new Regents standards and AIS regulation. The authors conclude, “With some caveats, the AIS policy mandate has encouraged local districts to adhere to guidelines promoting near universal policy response of providing supplemental instruction for eligible students.” (Kieran M. Killeen and John W. Sipple, Education Policy Analysis Archives, March 2005)...
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