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                                                                     Early Intervention Program     

    What is EIP?

    This year we are fortunate to be able to continue a state program called the Early Intervention Program (EIP) in kindergarten through fifth grade. While in this program, students will receive extra direct instruction in reading and/or math. This Early Intervention Program is one of Georgia’s educational initiatives to improve student learning. The primary goal of this program is to offer immediate and direct assistance to help students achieve academic success at their grade level.

    It's important for us to remember children start school at a designated chronological age, but differ greatly in their intellectual development and experience base. The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is designed to serve students who are at risk of not reaching or maintaining academic grade level. The purpose of the Early Intervention Program is to provide additional instructional resources to help students who are performing below grade level obtain the necessary academic skills to reach grade level performance in the shortest possible time.

    Frequently asked questions about the EIP program.

    The overall goal of the Early Intervention Program is to provide additional instructional resources to help students who are performing below grade level obtain the necessary academic skills to reach grade level performance in the shortest possible time. 

    How did/does a student become EIP?
    A student's EIP status is determined on a number of factors depending on what grade the student is entering.  Listed below are ways that a student may qualify for EIP:

    *Kindergarten: Students who are entering Kindergarten for the first time are administered an initial skills checklist.  This checklist is comprised of basic school readiness skills in the areas of Language Arts and Mathematics.  For example, Kindergartners are screened on knowledge of the letters of the alphabet, basic concepts of print, name recognition and writing, working with numbers, patterns, and shapes.  The State of Georgia sets specific scoring guidelines within each area to determine a score that will qualify a student to be considered EIP.


    *Grades 1-2: Students who are entering First Grade and attended Kindergarten in Georgia, may qualify as EIP by the scores provided on their GKIDS (Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills) assessment that is given during the final months of Kindergarten.  For students entering First Grade that are new to Georgia, a student may qualify as EIP through any of the following methods:
        1. EIP Checklists or Rubric
        2. County or Local Assessments 
        3. RTI (Response to Intervention) Recommendation
        4. Any National or State Level Standardized Test Results.

    *Grades 3-5: The majority of students in third grade through fifth grade can be qualified for EIP through the use of CRCT testing Data.  Students who do not meet standards in the Reading or Math sections of the CRCT are qualified as EIP.  Students who have not taken the CRCT may be qualified for EIP based on results of one of the following:
        1. Local Assessments 
        2. EIP Checklists or Rubrics
        3. RTI (Response to Intervention) Recommendation
        4. Any National or State Level Standardized Test 

    What Type of Teacher is an EIP teacher?
    EIP teachers are certified teachers who specialize in using strategies to help meet students needs where gaps exist in the areas of Language Arts and Mathematics.

    How will I know if my child is EIP?
    One of the many components of the EIP program is parental involvement.  Students who qualify as EIP will receive a letter home in early September.  Parents should read the letter and sign and return it to school indicating that they are aware of their child's EIP status.  

    If a student qualifies for EIP, will they remain EIP for the duration of their school career?
    No.  Through hard work and diligence in the classroom, your child can exit the EIP program.  Your child's EIP status is evaluated yearly.  The exit criteria for EIP depends on your child's grade level, but is often centered around the performance on standardized testing.  For Kindergarteners, this would include the GKIDS assessment.  For other grades, this could include performance on the CRCT.  Students who exit the EIP program will receive a letter stating this information at the close of the school year.