A-Team Process

Steps for Intervention & A-Team

What is A-Team?

The A-Team is a school based problem-solving team which assists teachers with a student’s learning and behavior problems. It is not a series of meetings, but a process in which staff members work collaboratively to provide research based interventions in an effort to increase academic success.

Important Dates

January 31st- Last Day for Teacher Referred A-Team Students (You should have a good understanding of your students at this point in the year. Please make any referrals at this point.)


Parent Referrals are required to be taken at any point.

Reading Intervention

Frequently Used Interventions

Basic Reading

Flash Cards
Elkonin Boxes
Reading Comprehension
Ask-Read-Tell
Reading Reflection Pauses
Reading Fluency
Repeated Readings
Echo Reading

Frequently Asked Questions



Who should be referred to the A-Team?

Regular education students who are having academic and/or behavioral difficulties and/or whose parents are requesting a 504 plan for their child.


How often does the A-Team meet?

It is best practices for A-Team meetings to be scheduled within two weeks of a request.


What happens when a parent requests an evaluation?


The teacher should secure the request in writing and start the referral process in the Toolkit. The Parent Request Testing question on the Initial Referral form should be answered “yes” ONLY if there are no concerns by the teacher or in the school setting. If the teacher agrees with the parent request, then the teacher should answer that question “no” and document all concerns on the Initial Referral form. All requests for an evaluation will honored by holding an A-Team meeting.



What happens when a parent requests a 504 meeting?

The teacher should secure the request in writing and start the referral process in the Toolkit. The Parent Request 504 for their child question on the Initial Referral form should be answered “yes”.


Who serves on the A-Team?

The core team consists of:

· Parent

· Teacher

· Administrator

· A-Team Coordinator

· School Psychologist

· Other team members could include School Nurse, ESOL Teacher, Counselor, Interventionist, Speech Language Therapist, 504 Coordinator, as needed


What does the teacher need to bring to the meeting?

The classroom teacher(s) need to bring the following:

· Permanent Record

· Work Samples

· Current report card/progress reports

· Current standardized test scores

· RTI data (if applicable)

· Behavior charts/Disciplinary records (if applicable)


Should the student’s parent(s) be invited to the A-Team meeting?

Yes. Parents must be invited to every A-Team meeting. If the parent is unable to attend, the meeting may be held without them. However, all attempts should be made to have the parents at the meeting.


When does the School Psychologist attend A-Team meetings?

Psychologists attend all A-Team meetings. An exception would be if the only concern is Speech/Language.


When does the Speech therapist attend A-Team meetings?

The Speech Therapist attends if there are speech/language concerns on the Referral Consultation form. The Speech Therapist does not need to attend if the student passes the speech screening and there are no speech/language concerns noted on the referral.


What happens if the student fails the vision screening?

If the student fails the vision screening, the school nurse contacts Ms. Cathie Storey. Based on the information provided by the school nurse, Ms.Storey determines whether or not the student’s vision is functional. If the vision is determined functional, the school nurse checks Vision appears functional and writes the date that Ms Storey approved the functional vision.

The determination of Functional Vision allows the school to proceed with Due Process. In other words, the student’s vision is considered adequate for individual test administration. Hence, the evaluation process is not delayed for a private vision evaluation.

Nurses will continue to notify the student’s parents, if the student fails the vision screening. This communication provides the parent with information to pursue a private vision evaluation to further assess their child’s vision difficulties.


What happens if the student fails the hearing screening?

If the student fails the hearing screening, the school nurse contacts Dr. Genice Williams. Based on the information provided by the school nurse, Dr. Williams determines whether or not the student’s hearing is functional. If the hearing is determined functional, the school nurse checks Hearing appears functional and writes the date that Dr. Williams approved the functional hearing.


The determination of Functional Hearing allows the school to proceed with Due Process. In other words, the student’s hearing is considered adequate for individual test administration. Hence, the evaluation process is not delayed for a referral to the district audiologist for a hearing evaluation.

Audiological Services will continue to notify the student’s parents, if the student fails the hearing screening. This communication provides the parent with information to pursue a hearing evaluation with the district audiologist.



What happens if a student in the A-Team process transfers to my school?

If the student is in the “pre-meeting” stage of the A-Team process, the ATC will be able to access the student’s record in Toolkit, but the new classroom teacher cannot. Therefore, the ATC will work with the teacher to complete the referral.


Note: If the ATC is not able to enter any information into the student’s record, please submit a help ticket and request to have “teacher rights”. This may happen with any ATCs that are not also classroom teachers.

If the student is in the “meeting” stage of the A-Team process, the ATC should schedule an A-Team meeting to review the information from the previous school and make sure the teacher implements the interventions developed or amend the Intervention Plan to fit the student’s new setting.

If the student is in the “evaluation” stage of the A-Team process, the evaluator will add the student to their testing schedule and complete the requested evaluation.