Response to Intervention is a framework that:
- Provides high-quality, research-based instruction and intervention based on individual student need; and
- Uses assessment data to monitor student progress frequently in order to make decisions about how and what to teach children who are not making sufficient progress academically, social-emotionally or behaviorally.
The key to RtI is simple: If we provide quality instruction, with ALL of our personnel supporting ALL children, and do this early, we will meet our goal of ALL students reading at grade level upon entering third grade. RtI creates an educational system that focuses on success for all learners. Teachers also accelerate students who are ready to advance their knowledge.
In School District 54, the RtI process is divided into three tiers of intervention.
In Tier I, all students receive high-quality, scientifically based instruction, differentiated to meet their needs in the general education classroom. We use Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), a universal screening tool for reading and mathematics in kindergarten through eighth grade, to identify students who may be at-risk for academic difficulties.
In Tier II, students not making adequate progress in the core curriculum are provided small-group, supplemental instruction in addition to the time allotted for core instruction. Tier II instruction includes instruction, strategies, and programs designed to supplement, enhance and support Tier I. Teachers monitor student progress frequently using multiple assessments, such as common assessments, curriculum-based measurement, running records, fluency and behavioral data.
In Tier III students receive intensive, strategic, supplemental instruction specifically designed and customized to meet the student’s needs. Typically, this instruction, which targets the student’s skill deficits, is delivered in a small-group or 1:1 that is extended beyond the time for Tier I and Tier II. Progress is monitored even more frequently than in Tier II to determine the impact of the intervention on the student’s learning.
What are the Benefits of Response to Intervention?
Using the RtI framework, teachers intervene at the earliest indication of student need. School staff collaborate and problem-solve around defining and analyzing the need, developing and implementing a plan, setting progress monitoring schedules and evaluating the response to the intervention. Everyone — including the principal, classroom teacher, special education teacher, reading specialist, psychologist, social worker and others — feels a shared responsibility for helping each child succeed.
What is the Role of the Parent?
Parents should participate in problem-solving discussions with their child’s teacher about the child’s specific strengths and areas of need. If your child is participating in a Tier II or Tier III intervention, ask school staff what academic, social-emotional or behavioral area is being worked on and how the child’s progress is being monitored.
Parents should also ask when the school will update them on the results of the intervention. When possible, parents should make suggestions about strategies and interventions based on what they know works at home. Finally, parents should praise their children for any improvement in the area of concern.
RtI is a framework which helps schools organize effective instruction for the benefit of all children. It encourages schools to provide early intervention services to help prevent academic, social-emotional, or behavioral difficulties. Most importantly, it is a positive, proactive approach to educating each and every child.