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RTII – Response to Intervention and Instruction

Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII)
What is RtII?
RtII is a comprehensive, multi-tiered approach to identifying and assisting struggling learners (either academic or behavioral). This approach is implemented across all grade levels for all students and its major purpose is to identify and address students experiencing learning or behavioral difficulties and prevent failure. RtII also assists in improving student achievement.
What are the core characteristics of RtII?
  • All students receive high quality research-based instruction in the general education standards aligned system.
  • All students are screened to determine academic and behavioral status against grade level benchmarks.
  • All staff (general education teachers, special education teachers, Title I, ESL) assume an active role in student’s assessment and instruction in the standards-aligned system.
  • Continuous monitoring of student performance and use of this data is used to determine intervention effectiveness and drive instructional adjustments, and to identify/measure progress toward instructional and grade level goals.
  • Student progress is benchmarked throughout the year to determine level or progress toward monitoring and assessing the fidelity of intervention implementation.
  • Students receive increasingly intense levels of targeted scientifically, research-based interventions dependent on student needs.
  • Parents are informed of their child’s needs and progress at regular intervals.
How are struggling students identified?
  • Teacher observation
  • Parental concern
  • Test scores – classroom quizzes and tests, STAR Reading and Math, DIBELS, PSSAs, Terra Nova In-View, District Writing Assessments
When do struggling students receive support?
  • During regular instruction through the use of differentiated instruction and leveled materials
  • During regular 30 minute dedicated blocks of time when students receive targeted assistance
  • During Title I Reading time
Who will implement RtII in my child’s school?
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Reading Specialist
  • Intervention Teacher
  • Speech/Language Therapist
  • Guidance Counselor
What do I do if my child is struggling?
  • Contact your child’s homeroom teacher
  • Contact the School Based Intervention Teacher