Tier I: Differentiated Core Instruction


Tier I / Differentiated Core Instruction


TIER 1 refers to classroom instruction for all students that utilizes evidenced-based materials and practices to teach core subject areas(e.g., reading, written expression, and math). Assessment data is used to monitor and maintain the ongoing cycle of skill success. Screening or benchmark assessments are administered within the first four weeks of the school year to all students to identify students at risk for skill difficulty. Screening or benchmark assessments are administered at least two other times during the year (winter and spring) to determine if students are making progress, need extra support, and instruction is planned accordingly. Differentiated instruction occurs in flexible small groups within the instructional time. Outcome assessments are also administered to all students to determine student growth/gain over time.

Differentiated Core Instruction

Differentiated instruction should be provided to accelerate learning and maximize student achievement for all students as part of Tier 1 instruction. The classroom teacher should provide flexible instructional grouping of students based on their ongoing identified needs. Classroom teachers should be clear about what they are trying to teach and why it is important. Research has shown that teachers are often too random in their delivery of instruction, unclear as to what they are teaching, and unable to define the succinct reason for instruction. 

When differentiating, teachers should:

  • have clear objectives for instruction
  • deliver targeted instruction aligned with standards
  • provide focused activities
  • adjust the instructional complexity through differentiation

​​​Tier 1 Plan for Typing
Tier 1 PM Log
Tier 1 Creating Group Plans Using mCLASS

Tier 1 Middle School PM Log Sample
Tier 1 Middle School Sample
Tier 1 Plan Sample
Tier 1 PM Log Sample

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