• Response to Intervention (RTI) FAQ

    What is Response to Intervention (RTI)?

    Response to Intervention (RTI) is a way to help all students learn. Three times a year students are assessed in math, reading, and behavior to identify students who need help to achieve academic and social success.
    RTI provides students help early to prevent long-term academic failure and to encourage a safe learning environment.

    How does RTI work?
    RTI is often shown as a pyramid representing academic and behavioral systems.  The academic system provides the regular classroom curriculum as well as special help when students need it.  Behavioral systems are provided with the same approach using Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS.)  Please see web link below for more information on PBIS.

    RTI Pyramid
    Tier 1 (base): All students receive instruction in math, reading, and behavior. This is the base of the pyramid. Student progress is assessed several times a year and includes state-required assessments. Teachers match instruction to the needs of diverse learners. Tier 2 (middle): Students having trouble learning the basic curriculum are given special help. Students are helped in small groups while still participating in the core curriculum. Progress is monitored more closely.  Tier 3 (top): A few students will need even more help than Tier 2. In Tier 3 these students get help individually or in small groups. Special education may also be considered if these interventions are not successful. 
    Why are schools starting RTI?
    Schools are implementing RTI to ensure that all students receive the support they need throughout their education so they can graduate from high school and successfully enter college, career training, and the world of work.
    How does RTI connect with the other work that the district has been doing?
    Teachers have already answered the questions: "What do we want our students to learn?" and "How will we know they have learned it?". To answer the remaining question: "What will we do for students who are not learning?", schools need a systematic way to identify students needing extra help and then to provide that help so that all students learn. RTI does this.
    What is the goal of RTI?
    The goal of RTI is to increase student academic achievement and to improve student behaviors.

    How much will it cost?
    RTI will be a regular part of school. There is no extra cost to families. Most students will use the curriculum that is already in place. New books for extra math or reading help have been purchased with federal stimulus funding. RTI will be taught by current teachers so there is no additional funding required.
    Who is in charge of RTI?
    Each school has an RTI Leadership Team that includes the principal, a counselor, a school psychologist, teachers, and other staff. The school team manages RTI at their school.
    There is also a group of administrators and teachers who work on the District RTI Planning Team. This group helps schools with their RTI programs. The goal is for all students to achieve academic and social success.

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