What is RtI?
Response to Intervention is a national strategy designed to maximize student achievement as well as reduce behavior problems. By utilizing assessments and interventions, RtI helps schools identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes. Once these students have been identified, a plan is created to address these concerns. These plans incorporate up to three levels or “Tiers” depending on the student.
The goal of RtI is to eliminate obstacles that prevent children from learning.
Who is eligible for RtI?
Any student who is performing below their current, academic level may be eligible for RtI assistance.
What does it mean if my child receives RtI assistance?
RtI assistance is designed to help your child, based on their individual needs. At least one intervention will be selected by either your child’s teacher or team of educators known as the SIT team, (Student Intervention Team). Once an intervention is selected, data will be gathered to determine the effectiveness of that intervention. If the intervention is effective, and the student shows signs of sustained improvement, the RtI process may ceased. If improvement is not noted, additional interventions will be explored until the student improves.
What is a “Tier of Intervention”?
RtI is divided into three tiers of intervention. Each tier contains different strategies that teachers will use to help address your child’s academic concern.
Tier I is the first step in this process. Approximately 80-90% of students will experience a Tier I intervention during their academic career. Your child's teacher may initiate this tier on their own, or the SIT team may be consulted.
Tier II is activated only when Tier I has been ineffective. Only 5-10% of students will experience a Tier II intervention.
Tier III is used only when the student is not making sufficient progress despite the use of Tier I & II interventions .
If progress is not made by the end of tier III, your child may require additional testing and/or services.
Who can I expect to see in a SIT Team meeting? What are we going to discuss in this meeting?
A SIT team meeting is called prior to beginning a Tier II intervention. Attendees may include the following people:
- · Administrator
- · Counselor
- · Class Room Teacher (s)
- · Special Education Teacher
- · RtI Building Point Person
- · Teaching Specialist
- · Parent
- · Possibly the student
During this meeting, a discussion will take place outlining possible Tier II or III interventions. A timeline will be established as an intervention is selected. A follow-up meeting may be scheduled to determine the effectiveness or need for further interventions. Also, parents will have the opportunity to voice their opinions and provide insight on their child. It is crucial that all educators and parents involved unite in order to maximize the potential for success.