7 years ago the district implemented an intensive early intervention program for grade 1 students. This is our Literacy Intervention Program. Currently the program is at Highland Park Elementary, South Broadview Elementary, Salmon Arm West, MV Beattie Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary, Carlin Elementary/Middle, and Parkview Elementary. Each of these schools has a highly trained reading interventionist specialist who works with individually (1 on 1) with students that are identified as needing reading intervention. Each student receives over 70 individualized lessons with our reading interventionist teacher.
We know that one of the best indicators of a students life success (life trajectory) is if they can read at grade level by grade 3. The intent of our program is to work with students who are not at grade level and to get them to grade level and then equip them with the early reading skills that then persist and allows the student to remain at grade level. We have run the program for 7 years and we track every student who has taken the program. Currently our data shows us that 70% of the students who receive this early intervention ‘stay at or above grade level’ in following year.
In addition to our early literacy intervention program we are working on additional programs and supports for students at older grades. Currently we have a program at Shuswap Middle School and have just started (March, 2018) a program at Eagle River Secondary.
At the Middle School students who have the opportunity to work with the Levelled Literacy Intervention program gain between one and three years of reading during one year of intervention. We are very pleased with the results, and “graduate” students when they reach a grade 5.5 reading level. This level is chosen as research demonstrates that students who can read at this level have the literacy necessary to be successful in our society. It is very rewarding to see the progress our students make when the skills they learned in elementary school are paired with the intensive intervention at the middle school level.