The Student Intervention Monitoring System (SIMS) is a software program designed to monitor interventions and help educators provide additional support for children who are not learning. Created by the Madison Metropolitan School District with support from the Department of Public Instruction, this electronic tool contains interventions selected to individualize support for students. An emphasis has been placed on early intervening services to remove barriers to learning and to promote student success. SIMS is a systematic way to share information between teachers and to monitor student progress over time. This tool can be used to promote dialogue around student needs amongst teams of educators.
While the tool is currently populated with interventions strategies for attendance, behavior, language arts, and mathematics, the content should be customized to fit the instructional framework of an individual district. There is no single way to use SIMS. Initial use of SIMS may look different in each district depending on readiness and district needs.
Districts using SIMS have seen an increase in their ability to support and document collaborative conversations. This tool promotes dialogue around student needs amongst teaching teams, pupil services staff, and administration. SIMS can be used as a possible framework to connect district professional development around equity issues, Professional Learning Communities, Early Intervening Services, Response to Intervention, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Data Retreats, and more. Additionally, during the interceding years since development of this tool began, SIMS has helped user districts respond to the requirements of NCLB and the mandates for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), the reauthorization of IDEA 2004 (EIS, RtI, and Progress Monitoring) and Disproportionality.
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