The Kindergarten Language Benchmark Assessment helps schools guide the RTI process for language.
Tier 1: All students, including those with IEPs, are tested at the beginning of the year using the KLBA. The speech language pathologist provides in-class modeling and support for language techniques.
Tier 2: Students who fall into the bottom 25% of the class receive extra language support in small groups, regardless of their primary language. These students are progress monitored bi-weekly to ensure that they are progressing with their language skills. Students who make progress continue in Tier 2 support. Those who do not make progress may require more intensive support. We recommend using the direct instruction program Language for Learning, available from McGraw Hill. This program can be administered by a teacher or classroom assistant. We have also used this program successfully with an entire classroom of English Language Learner (ELL) students.
Tier 3: Students who are not making adequate growth at Tier 2 receive Tier 3 services. Tier 3 services are provided in smaller groups by the speech language pathologist. These services are similar to traditional speech language therapy.
For more information on how to bring the KLBA to your school, contact us!