Some Additional Benefits of the SOPAA Guidebook

Chapter 1 of the book provides a context and description for how the SOPAA model should assist educators with supporting struggling learners, but the following list offers some additional examples of how the guidebook may be useful for educators who are trying to use research-based assessment and intervention methods to improve studentsí learning outcomes.

  • The book describes what educators should look for in a core curriculum that is likely to be comprehensive and effective.
  • There are detailed tables within the book that describe evidence-based intervention programs in each of the primary academic areas. Tables list numerous characteristics of each intervention program, such as the materials available with the program, which component-skills are targeted by the intervention, whether the program can be used by school volunteers, whether the program provides progress monitoring materials, and more.
  • There are tables describing several different sets of materials that are designed to monitor studentsí progress when interventions are being implemented.
  • There are easy-to-use tracking forms to assist educators with documenting intervention planning and implementation.
  • There are frequent recommendations throughout the book that are intended to help educators maximize their time and resources.