Response to Intervention
District RtI Standards
RtI Framework & System
Vision: All students will reach their highest potential and achieve success.
Goal: Maximize student achievement and reduce behavior concerns by integrating assessment and intervention within a multi-level prevention system to ensure that all children have access to high quality instruction matched to student needs.
Objective: Identify students at risk for poor learning outcomes, monitor student progress, provide evidence-based interventions, and adjust the intensity and nature of those interventions depending on a student's responsiveness; and identify students with learning difficulties.
- We effectively teach all children.
- We intervene early.
- We use problem-solving methodology.
- We use a multi-tier model of service delivery.
The Law: RtI fulfills state law (19 TAC 89.1011) which requires all districts to provide a general education screening and intervention system. Students experiencing difficulty in the general classroom should be considered for all support services available to students.
Tier 1: Core Instruction
Tier 2: Targeted Intervention
Teachers provide high quality instruction for all students using differentiated strategies, and they monitor student progress toward the attainment of learning goals. For most students in the classroom, teachers provide universal interventions regularly
- in groups of 8-10 students
- 2-3 times per week for 15-25 min.
- to support students with current and prior-year skill deficiencies
- using differentiated instruction
- monitoring progress monthly
For approximately 8%-15% of students in the classroom, general education teachers provide core instruction plus supplemental intervention
- in small groups of 5-8 students
- 3+ times per week for 25-35 min.
- for 6-18 weeks
- to support students with prior-year and multi-year skill gaps who are at risk of failure
- using targeted, specific, research-based strategies; differentiated instruction; and instructional accommodations
- monitoring progress once in two weeks or monthly
Tier 3: Intensive Intervention
Special Education & Section 504
For approximately 5%-8% of students, teachers provide core group instruction and interventions, and support staff provides/supports comprehensive instruction designed to meet students' specific needs
- in small groups of 1-5 students
- 4-5 times per week for 35-45 min.
- to support students with significant multi-year skill gaps
- using intensive, assessment-based, research-based programs or strategies; targeted, differentiated instruction; and instructional accommodations
- monitoring progress once in a week or two weeks
Students who may have a disability should be referred for a full and individual evaluation for services. Schools have an obligation and requirement under federal law to see that evaluations of children suspected of having a disability are not delayed or denied because of schools using an RtI strategy. Schools may choose to use an RtI process as one of a variety of measures for evaluating students for learning disability eligibility. Find additional information on the Texas Education Agency's Response to Intervention website.
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