Lower Merion School District Achievement Teams provide school-based services to students experiencing varying difficulties. Achievement Teams meet with teachers and families to collaboratively determine interventions to meet individual student needs.
The goal of the Achievement Team meeting is to collaboratively develop individualized strategies to increase student success in the general education setting. Growth and change is achieved through commitment to consistent teamwork with families, students and staff.
Achievement Team members at each building can include, as needed: the student’s Parent/Guardians, School Administrators, General Education teachers, Guidance Counselors, School Psychologists, Reading Specialists, Math Support teachers, Behaviorists, Nurses, Speech-Language Therapists, Occupational/Physical Therapists, Special Education teachers, and Gifted Education teachers.
Students may be referred to the Achievement Team by individual teachers, teacher teams, other school personnel, or parents. The Achievement Teams use a variety of informational sources to gather data on student achievement including student grades, student performance on standardized tests, and other anecdotal information from all those who come into contact with the student both in the school and home environments.
The Achievement Team works to gather baseline data on student progress, develop an action plan which includes research-based strategies to support students in the targeted area(s) of need, and support teachers in their efforts to make instructional modifications and provide instructional or behavioral interventions. Achievement Teams monitor each student's progress on a regular basis in order to document the effectiveness of interventions or recommend further modifications to meet the needs of the student.