The State of New Jersey requires school districts to assess students on a yearly basis to determine their competence in the basic concepts and skills of English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics. In Summit, we primarily use the K-5 reading assessments from Teachers College. We also review secondary assessments from district programs as well as classroom teacher feedback. Students who score below established minimum levels of proficiency are recommended to participate in the district's Basic Skills Improvement Program (BSI).
The purpose of the BSI program is to provide students with the additional support needed to improve targeted skills in English Language Arts/Literacy and/or mathematics. All students are formally assessed each year to determine eligibility to continue in the program for the following year. Students who score at or above grade level may exit the program. Those who scores fall just above grade level minimums may be offered an additional year of support.
Students participate in small-group experiences including in-class support and pull-out instruction offered by a certified teacher in collaboration with the classroom teacher. This is supplemental instruction individualized to strengthen student skills and support student success in the classroom and beyond. This program is offered during the school day. Additional extended day and summer opportunities are also offered.