The mission of Targeted Services is an intervention/prevention to assist students in being successful and to remain in the traditional school. Targeted Service programs are considered to be a Tier II academic and social emotional intervention. The Tier II intervention is an additional support that a student receives along with Tier I (regular school day) instruction. The intervention is intended to serve students who meet criteria and are struggling in core academic areas. Targeted Services are offered by Forest Lake Area Schools through Extended Day and Summer School programs. It is very important that Targeted Services meet the needs of the whole child, and not used as homework completion/help. Targeted Services must be purposeful, with the ultimate goal of giving students the assets, strengths, and proactive factors to be successful.
Criteria for Enrollment
The identification of students who could benefit from a Targeted Service program can be done by: teachers, counselors, or other school personnel. The goal of receiving a Targeted Service is to support school success and high school graduation.
Students must meet the state-established criteria to qualify for services. The state criteria is called a Graduation Incentive (GI) Code. Students need to meet at least one of these GI Codes to qualify for a targeted service support. If a student fits into more than one area, the most prominent area is chosen for criteria.
This GI Code will be written on the students’ individual Continual Learning Plan—CLP. (Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.68).
The criteria GI Codes are as follows:
1. Performs substantially below the performance level for pupils of the same age in a locally determined achievement test. Examples: Scoring below the 35th percentile on the NWEA, FAST/ORF, MCA, or other classroom assessments.
2. Is behind in satisfactorily completing coursework or obtaining credits for graduation.
3. Is pregnant or is a parent.
4. Has been assessed as chemically dependent.
5. Has been excluded or expelled.
6. Has been referred by a school district for enrollment in an eligible program.
7. Is a victim of physical or sexual abuse.
8. Has experienced mental health problems.
9. Has experienced homelessness.
10. Speaks English as a second language or has limited English proficiency.
11. Has withdrawn from school or has been chronically truant.
12. Is being treated in a hospital in the seven-county metropolitan area for cancer or other life-threatening illness or is the sibling of an eligible pupil who is currently being treated, and resides with the pupil’s family at least 60 miles beyond the outside boundary of the seven-county metropolitan area.
The procedures are facilitated by the referring teacher, school counselor, or other school staff. Enrollment paperwork is then forwarded to the Extended Day Coordinator at the Central Learning Center/Area Learning Center.
- Assessment data is evaluated by district teaching staff
- Students who score in the "high risk" or "some risk" range on the FAST (Formative Assessment System for Teachers) benchmark assessment meet eligibility to participate in a Targeted Services program
- Students who score in the "partially met standard" or "did not meet standard" on the MCA meet eligibility to participate in a Targeted Services program
- Students who score below grade level standards on a classroom assessment also meet eligibility to participate in a Targeted Services program
- Pleast note: *Students on an IEP--eligibility is discussed with case manager and special educator coordinator/s
- Referring staff will fill out appropriate paperwork and given to student’s parents
- Parents sign and return paperwork
- Student may start attending the Targeted Services program.
Continuous Learning Plan (CLP)
Every student enrolling in a Targeted Service must have a CLP. The CLP is required by the Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.128, Subdivision 3. The CLP states the qualifying data (GI Code) for the student recommended for the additional support.
Parent involvement is also an important component of Targeted Services. The Continuous Learning Plan (CLP) involves the parents in the process by informing them of their child’s progress and the data that was used to identify them as needing additional support.
A great opportunity to accomplish this process is at the October and March parent/teacher conferences. Parents may also sign the registration form and use the opportunity to address any questions they have at that time.
Each student enrolling into a Targeted Service program must complete a Continuous Learning Plan (CLP) and a registration form. These forms are given to parents from the referring teacher. They need to be signed and returned to the child’s school.
It is up to the parent of the elementary student attending Extended Day to arrange for pick-up. Elementary students will walk to the Extended Day program after school since it is housed within their building. If Elementary parents are unable to pick up by the ending time they may register and pay for the School Age Care (SAC) option. Click here for registration information.
Students in the Junior High Extended Day program receive services at the Forest Lake YMCA. Students are bussed to the YMCA when school gets out. Transportation home is not provided. It is up to the parent of the student attending to arrange for pick-up.
Transportation is provided for Summer School programs if the student lives within the Forest Lake School District boundaries. There is one pick-up and one drop-off location per student. Transportation forms will be given with the Summer School enrollment packet. All forms need to be signed and returned in order to receive transportation services.
Contact for Questions
Parents can contact the following people with questions about Targeted Services programming:
- Building Principal
- Kelly Tschudy-Lafean, Area Learning Center Principal, at (651) 982-3171
- Laurie Chelgren, Targeted Services & Staff Development Coordinator, at (651) 982-3169