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Distinguishing Between Tier 2 and Tier 3 Instruction
  May 15, 2014  
  Ask the Experts

Should interventions in Tier 2 and Tier 3 follow the alignment of the core curriculum?

Dr. Karen Wixson emphasizes that in general, Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions should be aligned with the core curriculum.

However, in her response, she does identify situations when differences between the tiered interventions provided and the core curriculum may be necessary.

Read her full response to this question.

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