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Indicators for Interventions and Support

Many students in the United States are on track for success, but far too many are not performing at expected levels. When learning is assessed in most general education classrooms, many students show a need for different or additional levels of instruction. Schools are responding by offering intervention programs, and teachers are providing additional tutoring and supplemental resources to help. A strong system of assessments that is aligned with key indicators of student success is helping to ensure that students are getting support that targets their identified needs. Schools have a variety of assessments available to them, and there are several research-based strategies and interventions to help them meet student needs. Indicators that trigger interventions and alternative approaches with subgroups of students in need of more support are necessary to help students catch up. Understanding indicators that demonstrate readiness for postsecondary learning and work is also important when making decisions about interventions. Achieve highlights three main areas that demonstrate student preparedness in high school: (1) a “mastery of rigorous knowledge and skills in core academic disciplines”; (2) “skills and dispositions necessary to be successful in charting their postsecondary path”; and (3) successful participation in postsecondary opportunities.