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What is RtI?

over 3 years ago

The information that follows is adapted from Salem's Parent and Community Guide to RtI brochure.


Our aim is to work together in a positive environment to help each student succeed.

What is Response to Intervention (RtI)?

Parents want to see their child excel, and it can be very frustrating if a child falls behind in reading, math, writing, or other subjects. It also can be frustrating if the child has difficulty getting along with others and making appropriate choices.

Response to Intervention (RtI) is a process that provides intervention and support to all students at increasing levels of intensity based on their individual needs. The goal is to prevent problems and intervene early so that students can be successful.

What can I expect?

You will be informed and involved in planning and providing interventions for your child.You will see levels of support (academic and behavioral) that increase or decrease in intensity depending on your child’s needs.You will receive frequent progress monitoring about how your child responds to the intervention provided.

What does RtI look like?

The RtI process has three tiers that build upon one another. Each level provides more intensive levels of support:

• Universal level includes high quality instruction. The school provides all students with access to high quality curriculum,instruction, and behavior supports in the general education classroom.

• Targeted level includes additional targeted, supplemental instruction/interventions.The school provides interventions to small groups of students who need more support than they are receiving through the targeted level.

• Intensive level includes intensive interventions. The school develops and implements interventions to meet the individual needs of students. Your child’s progress is monitored and results are used to make decisions about additional instruction and intervention.

RtI Includes:

1. High quality, research-based instructional and behavior supports in general education

2. School-wide screening to determine which students need closer monitoring or additional interventions

3. Multiple tiers of increasingly intense, research-based interventions matched to the needs of student(s)

4. Use of collaborative problem solving to develop, implement, and monitor interventions

5. Continuous monitoring of student progress to determine if instruction/interventions are effective in meeting the needs of student(s)

6. Follow-up to ensure that the instruction/interventions were implemented as planned

7. Active parent involvement throughout the process of pursuing solutions that lead to increased success

Adapted from the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities

What can I do if my child is struggling?

• Talk with your child’s teacher(s).

• Review and assist with homework assignments.

• Use Skyward Family Access for regular progress monitoring.

• Celebrate your child’s successes.

• Learn more about the curriculum, assessments, and interventions being used in your child’s school.

• Participate in conferences and other meetings about your child.

• Make a list of specific questions to ask during conferences (e.g., What is working? or What additional supports may be needed?).