Successful Academic Intervention Strategies

As students progress through each grade level in school some fall behind. There is no greater educational challenge than when an 8th grader ascends into high school. As students fail to learn the curriculum it becomes extremely difficult to continue at the same pace as the rest of the class. When students fall further and further behind they struggle, become frustrated, give up, and many end up failing the course. The purpose of this study is to examine effective intervention strategies that help struggling students become more successful as they transition academically from middle school to high school. Specifically this research examines 80 struggling students who have been grouped into four high school Academic Success classes. These trained teachers use teacher-student rapport, engagement strategies, coping and reflection skills and behavior support plans as intervention strategies to help students succeed. The literature and data collected demonstrate that the Academic Success classes, and intervention strategies, are helping students become more academically successful in school. From 8th grade to 9th grade, these students’ attendance rates increased while their discipline issues decreased. Grades in English, math and science increased dramatically and students’ overall feeling about being in the class was positive. There is a way to help struggling students in school by training teachers and implementing specific intervention strategies that assist students before they fail. The educational system might consider using these intervention strategies while students are struggling rather than assigning failing students to a summer school class to remediate. The key is providing timely, preventative intervention strategies before students fail.