The Allegheny Valley School District’s Elementary Student Assistance Program (ESAP) functions throughout the school year at both the Acmetonia
and Colfax buildings. Teams of professionals are available to assist at-risk students who are experiencing difficulties in the areas of academics,
attendance, health, or behavior. These teams consist of administrators, teachers, nurses, and support personnel and are intended to work closely
with families and draw on the expertise of their members to design and implement intervention strategies for student success.
Most often reading deficiencies make up the majority of elementary students identified for ESAP and/or learning disabiity services. Therefore,
at Acmetonia Primary School, a current method of identification for learning disabilities may be utilized in place of the traditional IQ-achievement
discrepancy model. This approach is called Response to Intervention (RTI) and is most commonly employed in the area of reading instruction.
RTI in the identification process has most frequently been embedded in a multi-tiered model of assessment, intervention, and progress monitoring.
This model can be condeptualized as consisting of three phases:
Determining whether effective instruction is in place for groups of students.
Providing effective instruction to the target student and meausinr its effect on performance.
Referring students whose RTI warrants additional or internsive continuing interventions.
More information regarding the ESAP procedures and interventions will be provided to parents of students referred into the process by a professional
staff member. The Elementary Student Assistance Program is a confidential place to turn for help and support. For additional information, place
contact the elementary school guidance counselor or the building principal.