Programming for Improving Achievement

  • ADSIS - Alternative Delivery of Specialized Instructional Services     website 

    The purpose of ADSIS is to provide instruction to assist students who need additional academic or behavioral support to succeed in the general education environment. The goal is to reduce the number of referrals to special education by providing supports early to struggling students.
    In Shakopee, there are full or part – time ADSIS teachers at each building.  They assist students in reading.
    AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination     website 
    AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. It is a college readiness system that prepares students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college eligibility and success. Some colleges and universities have also implemented AVID to help their students. Since it began in 1980 in California, AVID has been adopted by more than 4,800 schools and 41 institutions of higher education in 45 states and 16 countries, providing training for more than 30,000 educators each year and making a difference in the lives of more than 700,000 students.
    AVID is for all students but targets those in the academic middle and who are usually underserved. Its systematic approach is designed to support students and educators as they increase school-wide/district-wide learning and performance. AVID is not a remedial, niche or college outreach program. It is not a free ride nor is it a study hall. Students must learn and apply the skills they are taught in their AVID elective class as well as do the academically rigorous and challenging work required.
    Multilingual Learners     website 
    The Shakopee Public Schools English Language Development (ELD) Program is designed for students who are not native speakers of English. ELD services focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing academic English. Language is learned in a content based instructional program.
    Services are also intended to familiarize students with American culture and the expectations for students in an American public school. Ultimately, the goal of the program is to transition students successfully into English-only instruction. Advancement in the ELD program is based on student performance.
    High Potential Services     website 
    Shakopee Public Schools has established guidelines and processes for evaluating students for High Potential (HP) Services. This evaluation enables us to plan and monitor services and ensure appropriate academic growth for students.
    Formal identification for High Potential (HP) Services occurs after careful examination of data by a team of District personnel, including (at least)...
    • District Data & Assessment Administrator
    • K-12 High Potential Coordinator Building Administrator(s)
    • Building HP Specialist
    • Others as needed
    A student’s need for HP Services is based on a variety of factors, and the resulting evidence of student need sometimes points toward strategic or intensive programming beyond the regular classroom.
    Intervention Services
    Shakopee Public Schools seeks to value and respect the uniqueness of each student and attempts to meet each individual’s educational needs on an ongoing basis.  In an effort to meet individual student needs, the Shakopee Public Schools employs a multi-tiered system of supports.  This system is grounded in data-based problem-solving which informs instruction and intervention.  The integrated instruction and intervention is delivered to students in varying intensities (multiple tiers) based on student need. “Need-driven” decision-making seeks to ensure that district resources reach the appropriate students at the appropriate levels to accelerate the performance of ALL students to achieve and/or exceed proficiency.
    Title I     website 
    Title I is a federally funded program that provides additional academic support for students performing below grade level in the areas of reading and math. Funding for this program is tied directly to socioeconomic indicators of school communities. Based on current district demographic information, Eagle Creek, Jackson, Red Oak, and Sweeney qualify for and participate in this program. Additionally, the non-public school, SACS, receives Title services through Shakopee Area Public Schools as outlined in federal requirements.
    Title I services supplement the district’s regular educational programming and are intended to provide services for students identified as needing assistance in meeting grade level standards.  Title I schools work to identify students who need additional educational support, set goals, and measure student progress. Our programs in Shakopee utilize highly qualified staff who implement instructional strategies based on scientifically based research.
    Young Scholars   website
    The Young Scholars (YS) program is an academic program that embraces research-based practices for identifying and nurturing academic potential in students who have been historically underrepresented for gifted services and advanced programming. The program was originally designed and implemented in Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools’ (FCPS) in 2002. Young Scholars is one of eight nationally-recognized programs which demonstrate clear evidence of successfully supporting diverse high-ability learners.

    Students are considered for the Young Scholars program based on their need for:

    • Access to resources and experiences that nurture their high potential
    • Affirmation of their potential to develop their self-confidence and academic propensity
    • Advocacy to ensure that their potential is recognized and further developed

    This year Shakopee Public Schools are implementing the YS program in all K-2 elementary classrooms district wide with the help of YS specialist teachers. YS specialist teachers are working collaboratively with classroom teachers to identify potential YS students and nurture creative and critical thinking opportunities for students to question, explore, and investigate.