In medicine, triage refers to the prioritization of medical care. “Academic Triage” (coined by Sharonda Williams-Bingham) is the process of assessing the needs of students to determine the nature of support to administer. CH.O.I.C.E.S. is focusing on the population with the greatest need for Academic Triage, students receiving Special Education services. There are more than 7 million students attending public school in the US who have been found eligible for Special Education. Between 1989 and 2017, the number of students with learning disabilities who spent time in the general education classroom, went from 31.7% to 63.4%, that is more than double. Recognizing this change intensifies the urgency to provide Academic Triage to this volatile population. Studies have proven, “The single greatest effect on student achievement is the effectiveness of the teacher. As teacher effectiveness increases, lower-achieving students are the first to benefit!” With that understanding, CH.O.I.C.E.S. has partnered with Powerful Choice in administering Academic Triage so that students receiving Special Education services can expand their academic tenacity, increase desired behaviors, and close achievement gaps!
Sources: https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator/cgg/students-with-disabilities and https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED509720.pdf