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Reading - Tier 3

Tier 3 targets the students with the most complex needs. At Tier 3 identified needs have not been adequately met through access to available basic tools and strategies Tier 1 or additional strategies and trials with available equipment Tier 2. Students may now require a specialized evaluation to determine individual needs. They may also require additional follow-up and technical interventions to support recommended technology. At Tier 3, the teacher and other specialists work collaboratively with the AT Specialist to complete an evaluation of needs and identify appropriate technology and services to support student needs. They may develop an Implementation Plan to support recommended technology over time. Using the roles and responsibilities guidelines below, the evaluation is conducted and the IEP Team decides what technology will be provided and how the technology will be implemented. In some cases, long term trials may be required along with ongoing assessment.

 Roles and Responsibilities
IEP Team
Assistive Technology Specialist
  • Supports the AT evaluation with data collection and monitoring of trials with technology 
  • Identify student/family preferences for tools/devices
  • Participates in trainings 
  • Support student use of tools/devices at school and home
  • Continue ongoing data collection 
  • Follow district procedures for repair and maintenance of equipment 
  • Contact AT Specialist for additional assistance 
  • Write AT supports and equipment in IEP Special Factors 
  • Look for ideas in Reading Tools and Strategies (Tier 3)
  • Collaborate with school site team to complete the AT assessment 
  • Attend IEP meetings as needed to report assessment results 
  • Help secure equipment for assessment trials 
  • Coordinate the Implementation Plan
  • Explore funding options 
  • Assist in the ordering of equipment 
  • Support training 
  • Assist in troubleshooting and repair of equipment as needed

 Assessment and Follow-up
  • Guided by data collected in Tiers 1 and 2, the assistive technology specialist and IEP team members will identify personalized technology tools and strategies that may better support the student's needs. Assessment procedures will focus on the student, the environment, and the tasks and may include observations, direct assessment measures, and technology trials
  • Use SETT and WATI to match technology supports for reading to needs
  • Continue AT trials as needed
  • Follow Implementation Plan as agreed upon by the team