How to Create an Intervention

For Iowa, intervention plans are entered and evaluated in the Student Success data system. Interventions entered in a progress monitoring group in FastBridge will not transfer to Student Success and will not count for state reporting.There are two intervention plan options available in Student Success: Individual and group intervention plans.

Individual interventions plans are assigned to a single student, although the intervention method used may be one that's commonly used with students. The intervention will be visible on the student's record and  intervention team members can access an intervention report on the My Plans page. Group intervention plans allow you to group students receiving the same intervention and progress monitoring measure together. The intervention will be visible on the individual student record but intervention team members may also view group reports on the My Group Plans page.

In this article:

Create an Individual Intervention Plan

1. Locate and click the student’s name on the Students tab. Tip: to find the student quickly, use the student search box at the top

2. Click Create Plan in the Intervention Plans section

3. Enter the intervention plan details in the pop-up

  • Intervention type
  • Tier - See also: What tier is it?
  • Intervention goal
  • Intervention strategy - Choose intervention from the library in the drop-down (See also: How do I add or remove strategies from the drop-down?) or create a custom strategy. Custom strategies created in an intervention are not banked.
  • Champion - See also: Teachers are missing from the champions list
  • Start date
  • Duration
  • Schedule (optional)
  • PM method - Important Note: if you don't see a measure in the list, it means your district hasn't used that measure before. Once a student (any student) in the district has a score for that assessment, it will populate in this drop-down.
  • PM grade level (New! Spring 2022)
  • PM frequency -Tip: this controls the Progress due alert on interventions so select intended frequency to ensure correct alerts

4. Click Save. The plan creator and champion will see the student and intervention on their My Plans page. Add additional educators to the intervention team using the Manage Team feature. See: Review & Manage Individual Student Interventions - Manage the intervention team

Create a New Group Intervention Plan

1. Click the checkbox to the left of the students' names on the Students tab or in a static or smart group list. 

2. Click Create group intervention plan on the action menu that appears at the top of the page

3. Enter the intervention plan details in the pop-up and click Save

4. Click Save

The plan creator and champion will see the group on their My Group Plans page. Add additional educators to the intervention team using the Manage Team feature. See: Review and Manage Group Interventions - Manage the Intervention Team

Tip: You can also click Create Group Plan on the My Group Plans page to create a new group intervention plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Teachers are missing from champion or intervention team list, how do I add them?

Here’s what’s required for a staff member to populate in the list of available champions/team members:

  • they must have access to the student(s) in Student Success. In other words, they can see the student on their Student's tab. For the classroom user role, this means the student must be scheduled into at least one course with the teacher.
  • they must have logged into student Student Success at least once
  • Overnight refresh must run after the staff member logged in. Note: this is only for others to see the staff member in the list of champions. Users will see themselves in the list upon first login. 

How do I add or remove items from the strategies drop-down?

Each district selects one Intervention Bank Editor to maintain the library of pre-populated interventions for the district; contact your district’s Intervention Bank Editor for assistance adding or removing strategies. To add an intervention strategy that is unique to an individual student or group of students and not used frequently by others in the district, use the ‘custom’ option in the strategies drop-down.

What Tier is it?

”Tier” is sometimes used to indicate the intensity of intervention. In Iowa, you are more likely to see the terms “targeted” and “intensive” intervention in the Intervention System Guide (p. 8). Generally speaking, targeted (tier 2) interventions group together students with similar needs and intensive (tier 3) interventions are based on individual diagnostics to pinpoint the individual issues. Both can be delivered in a small group setting, and note that specially designed instruction (SDI) for special education may exist across the tiers of intervention; it is not its own separate tier.

Additional FAQs available in: Frequently Asked Intervention Questions

Glossary of Terms:

Intervention type: The area of focus for your intervention. Though interventions can cover multiple focus areas, it is important to choose the primary one as the type; you can always create another intervention for the same student if you need to. By default, this is set to ELA. Selecting a type also allows you to organize your interventions.

Tier: The level of intensity of the support. Select Tier 2 if a subset of all students at the school receive this support. Select Tier 3 if the support is directed at very few students and requires external resources.  By default, this is set to Tier 2.

Goal: The skills to build or areas to improve.  We recommend framing these notes as positive (opportunity to grow) rather than negative (problem to solve). 

Intervention strategies: A list of actions or activities you can take to support a student (customized by your district). You can use "+Add custom strategy" to write one in yourself, which will not be added to the district library.

Champion: The educator responsible for carrying out the intervention with fidelity. The champion dropdown only shows educators who have access to a student's profile and have logged into the system at least a day ago.

Start date: The date the intervention is set to begin, which can be today or any date in the past or future. By default, this is set to today's date.

Duration: The expected length of the intervention. By default, this is set to 6 weeks. We recommend setting for the full year and reviewing, as needed.

Schedule: Adding a schedule allows you to set a session frequency and duration to better explain how often you meet or intervene with a student. 

Monitoring frequency: How frequently you expect the champion to update progress. By default, this is set to “Weekly.” Other options include “Bi-weekly” and “Monthly.”

How will you track progress?  The tools and resources you’ll use to track student progress. If you are progress monitoring in FastBridge, you can select it in this field. If you choose Notes only, you will be able to track progress through observational notes. An intervention with a progress monitoring assessment will include a graph that plots a student’s scores over time compared to their goal, though you can also add observational notes as needed.

Monitoring Method: A list of FastBridge assessments to track progress. You may also choose "Custom method" to add your own.

Baseline: This field is visible if the Monitoring method is set to Custom method. It's the place the student is starting at. Enter the student’s most recent score. If the student hasn’t taken the assessment yet, enter “0.” 

Target: This field is visible if the Monitoring method is set to Custom method. The desired score that will indicate that the intervention was successful.

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