RTI (Response to Intervention)

In business, you hear a lot about ROI (Return on Investment).  Companies are constantly evaluating the amount of effort needed to generate better profits.  In many cases, a moderate amount of focused effort up front can yield enormous benefits down the road. 

Response to Intervention (RTI) is like ROI for schools! It's a planned, multi-tiered approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and/or behavioral needs, as well as students who are exceptional gifted.  Properly implemented, RTI can create a comprehensive cultural shift in schools that will increase student achievement while reducing behavioral problems.  

This process includes four key components:

1) High quality, evidence-based instruction in all general education classes

2) Universal screening in K-2nd; select screening in 3rd-12th

3) Three tiers of progressively more intense instruction (as needed)

4) Continuous progress monitoring of all identified students (based on data) 

It's important to note that RTI is not a pre-referral system for special education.  Instead it's a systemic method of helping ALL students achieve their maximum potential.  The chart below provides a visual overview of how the process works.  

RTI continues to be a major focus statewide. The Arkansas Department of Education has created a series of RTI video training modules (click here and log in), and RTI Arkansas has details about the state's expectations. The Jasper District's current "Three Year Plan" for RTI can be found in Dr. Bill's RTI Powerpoint

Please note: Our Jasper model can also be referred to as MTSS - for Multi-Tiered Support System. This is because providing multiple levels of support in Core Classroom Instruction plays a key role in the RTI process. Doing this well in Tier 1 can form up to 80% of RTI. And, of course, multiple tiers of support continue throughout the RTI process.

If you'd like to dig deeper, the American Institute for Research provides a wealth of information on RTI though the Center on Response to Intervention. And if you have additional questions about the purpose, process, or implementation of RTI, or how it can benefit our students, please contact Dr. Bill.

Doctor Bill,
Aug 8, 2015, 11:33 AM