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Literacy Support Services

            Amy Swartz, Literacy Resource Teacher

All students can learn, but not all can learn in the same way.  Many students come to us discouraged with “school” because of past failures.  Bijou sets out to determine and address that which has hindered success to this point:

  • All new students are tested within their first two weeks with the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) to determine reading level. 
  • CSAP scores are assessed.
  • If a literacy deficit is determined, an intervention program will be chosen based on the student’s need.
  • If a student is in the 9th or 10th Grade and scored less than proficient in reading on the most recent CSAP, an Individual Literacy Plan (ILP) will be written.  An ILP recommends strategies and support to be used by the content area teachers as well as possible enrollment in a reading program.


Amy Swartz



Literacy intervention programs in place at Bijou include the following:

  • Read 180 (most frequently used) is a computer based program covering all five component of reading—phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

  • Read Naturally is also a computer based program--focusing on fluency to build comprehension.

  • Writing tutoring is offered for those determined to need extra support in writing.

Every effort is made to identify literacy needs and support the students in developing reading and writing skills necessary to function with success in the 21st Century.

If you are concerned about your child and question the possibility of a literacy problem,
please contact Amy.



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